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Customs Administration Reform and Modernization in anglophone Africa


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    Anglophone African countries have been implementing reform and modernization initiatives in their Customs administrations. This paper outlines the progression of key reform and modernization initiatives in these countries since the early 1990s, and assesses the gap between these reforms and those of more modern Customs agencies. The review suggests that Customs administration reform and modernization initiatives in Anglophone African countries generally lag behind international good practice and it is necessary to speed up implementation if revenue, trade facilitation, and trade chain security objectives are to be achieved. The findings also have implications on the design of reform programs and focus of potential technical assistance for the outstanding reform agenda.

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    Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 11/184.

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    Length: 45
    Date of creation: 01 Aug 2011
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    Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:11/184

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    Keywords: Customs administration; Revenue mobilization; Statistics; Tax collection; Tax reforms; Trade; customs; customs administrations; import duties; trade facilitation; international trade; customs tariff; customs processes; customs union; supply chain; tariff structure; regional trade; trade arrangements; import duty; tariff rate; customs revenue; tariff reform; customs operations; regional trade arrangements; tariff rates; customs staff; customs valuation; customs organization; economic community; customs duty; customs administration automation; trading blocs; rules of origin; customs clearance; customs modernization; customs agencies; customs legislation; free trade; trade taxes; customs duties; dispute resolution; external tariff; customs administration modernization; country of export; customs data; common external tariff; world trade organization; customs efficiency; trade areas; domestic taxes; customs management system; trade patterns; customs integrity; customs declarations; average tariff; global competitiveness; customs statistics; economic cooperation; free trade areas; global trade; tariff classification; reforming customs; world trade; import tax; customs modernization handbook; transactions costs; customs union issues; multilateral trade; domestic production; border trade; trading arrangement; customs reforms; international trade policy; customs reform; sales taxes; customs business; regional customs; customs tariffs; customs release; applied tariff; customs procedures; import tariff; harmonization of customs procedures; external trade policy; trade changes; lowering trade; customs standards; nontariff barriers; multilateral trade arrangements; import sources; customs unions; customs exemptions; customs officials; reduction in tariffs; trade policy review; internal taxes; trade negotiations; customs fraud; customs strategy; import value; international customs standards; customs revenues; preferential tariff treatment; customs offices; trade area; increased trade; common market; customs practices; preferential tariff; customs territory; customs applications; customs officers; average tariff rates; regional integration; rent-seeking behavior; customs organizations; free trade area; import preferences; external trade; trade policies; international standards; value-added tax; customs value; customs information; customs brokers; global supply; bilateral trade; tariff reductions; trade flows; customs cooperation; regulatory framework; international trading; trade costs;

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    1. David Kloeden, 2011. "Revenue Administration Reforms in anglophone Africa Since the Early 1990's," IMF Working Papers 11/162, International Monetary Fund.


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