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Customs Administration Reform and Modernization in Francophone Sub-Saharan Africa, 1995–2010

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  • Gilles Montagnat-Rentier
  • Gilles Parent
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    This paper outlines reforms that have been achieved in the modernization of the customs administrations of francophone sub-Saharan (African) countries since the mid-1990s. It also highlights the remaining issues in this process. Progress has been made in the automation of operations and procedures, with constant and significant efforts to strengthen revenue collection and improve trade facilitation in a number of countries. However, the pace and scope of modernization remains insufficient, particularly in developing customs control and enforcement capacities, and enhancing operational resources and management. The findings suggest that the authorities’ strong commitment to reform, organizational and management changes, adequate technical assistance and project management, and effective implementation of modern customs standards, are critical to accelerate the modernization of customs in francophone sub-Saharan Africa.

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    Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 12/259.

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    Length: 54
    Date of creation: 30 Oct 2012
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    Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:12/259

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    Keywords: Customs administration; Sub-Saharan Africa; Tariff reforms; Tax collection; Cross country analysis; francophone; modernization; revenue; customs administrations; customs duties; import duties; customs tariff; customs officers; customs clearance; customs control; customs valuation; customs procedures; customs operations; customs administration modernization; customs controls; customs enforcement; customs offices; customs efficiency; customs revenue; customs performance; customs legislation; customs process; customs clearance process; customs exemptions; customs union; customs broker; customs unions; national customs administrations; customs issues; customs organization; customs inspections; customs tariffs; customs data; customs department; customs offences; customs reform; customs brokers; customs regime; customs services; customs legislations; import surcharges; customs law; customs code; customs � processes; common external tariff; customs values; customs clearance time; community customs; customs modernization;

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    1. Reint Gropp & Liam P. Ebrill & Janet Gale Stotsky, 1999. "Revenue Implications of Trade Liberalization," IMF Occasional Papers 180, International Monetary Fund.
    2. Mario Mansour & Michael Keen, 2009. "Revenue Mobilization in Sub-Saharan Africa," IMF Working Papers, International Monetary Fund 09/157, International Monetary Fund.
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    5. Anne-Marie GEOURJON & Bertrand LAPORTE, 2004. "Risk Management for Targeting Customs Controls in Developing Countries: A Risky Venture for Revenue Performance?," Working Papers 200416, CERDI.
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