NAMRA facilitates easy regional and international trade

Tujoromajo Kasuto

The Namibia Revenue Agency (NAMRA) is set to launch the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Electronic Certificate of Origin (E-C00) on December 6 in accordance with the SADC protocol on trade.

The main goal of the SADC E-COO is to facilitate the easy movement of goods, as well as to reduce the cost of doing business within the region, in relation to goods that conform to the SADC Rules of Origin. According to Yarukeekuro Ndorokaze, NAMRA’s Chief Strategic Communications and Support Engagements Officer, this is being done to adhere to the national Information Communications Technology (ICT) Guidelines as per the Harambee Prosperity Plan II, and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol on Trade.

Furthermore, the World Customs Organization (WCO) Revised Kyoto Convention ICT Guidelines and the World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement.

Ndorokaze says the SADC E-COO implementation will not only ensure that NAMRA meets its strategic objectives of improving trade facilitation and pursuing innovation, but will also improve compliance with regional and international requirements.”The expected benefits from the use of the SADC ECOO include improving intra-regional trade, promoting a paperless environment, time efficiency, increased trade and reduction of origin fraud risks. The SADC E-COO is an electronically processed and issued certificate of origin by an issuing authority attesting that the goods declared by an exporter conform to specific rules of origin. The SADC Secretariat encouraged the Member States through their customs administrations, to migrate from the manual processing of the certificate of origin to the electronic version,” he explained.

Thus,Ndorokaze says, NAMRA wishes to inform all exporters, manufacturers, customs clearing agents and freight forwarders, as well as the public that the issuance of the SADC E-COO will commence on 6 December 2022, in respect of all applications relating to products traded under the SADC Protocol on Trade.

By Observer