According to an article from eNCA, The South African Revenue Service (Sars) has introduced a new digital customs management system at border posts, said Finance Minister Pavin Gordham.
“This is a very important milestone. [South Africa] will be one of the few countries that has completely digitised customs processes in the world,” Gordhan told media at Megawatt Park in Sunninghill, Johannesburg.
The new system came into effect on Saturday 24 August, 2013, after running concurrently for six months in a testing period. This new digitised customs system will help legal trade to happen, and happen faster, and it will centralize the clearing of all import and export declarations using a single processing engine.
During the 2012/13 fiscal year, over 4.3 million containers representing 2.5 trillion ZAR worth of trade moved across South Africa’s borders. During the same time period, Sars Customs officials used about 16 million pieces of paper to process over 5.5 million declarations received.
Gordhan commented that “The customs management system now eliminates virtually 99% if not all of that paper.”
In addition to cutting down on paper use, the system provides a significant time reduction for legitimate traders, while also improving competitiveness and reducing crimes by detecting illicit goods more efficiently.
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