AEO to reward all round good conduct among cross boarder businesses
By Emmanuel RUTAYISIRE:
The Authorized Economic Operators National Technical Committee met this Tuesday 16th May 2017, to discuss how implementation of key but pending action points of the project can be expedited.
Speaking at the one-day consultative meeting at Lemigo Hotel, Ms. Rosine Uwamariya, Customs Operations Manager RRA said “essentially AEO is a trade facilitation tool that enables arrival of goods to the market on time”
AEO rewards tax complaint businesses by giving them priority in the clearing of goods through customs, not subjecting their goods to physical examination except for random or exceptional cases, among other advantages.
“This is a programme we are implementing because we want to facilitate trade. Also, Rwanda signed the Trade Facilitation Agreement, which among other things requires to do so. It [AEO] improves on tax revenues,” says Uwamariya
Ms. Uwamariya in her address at the meetings noted that RRA cannot achieve this goal alone. She noted that the tax body must work with stakeholders like; RSB, Police, RDB among others working together.
Also, she said the AEO project is important because improving efficiency in Customs Operations has a direct bearing on what happens in domestic department of tax administration.
Mr. Nyiridandi Cesar has been in the clearing business since 1970, he says “AEO offers good opportunities for his business because by reducing on the turnaround time, it increases volumes of business.”
At the EAC level, the project objective is to ensure that Customs administrations are better prepared to contribute to enhanced regional integration, trade facilitation, performance and improved market access.
AEOs include inter alia manufacturers, importers, exporters, brokers, carriers, consolidators, intermediaries, ports, airports, terminal operators, integrated operators, warehouses and distributors.