Industry sceptical about African free trade agreement

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Article by Adele Mackenzie from FTW

While the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) was signed amid much fanfare at the African Union Extraordinary Summit in Kigali, Rwanda last week, many in the freight industry are sceptical. One FTW reader, describing the 40 years of negotiations around the AfCFTA as “a joke”, questioned whether the resolutions would ever reach “the man with the stamp in hand” at the border.

Gavin Kelly, technical and operations manager for the Road Freight Association read more

Connectivity and cloud technology

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Article by Liesl Venter from FTW

The advent of cloud technology, mobile connectivity and the web has made hosting for cross-border clients a lot simpler, according to Michael Henning, general manager of software solutions provider Easyclear.

“While the restrictions by SARS on foreign entities clearing goods have made the customs process a little more difficult, they do protect South African clearing agents and Sars against risk. It has created opportunities for agents and service providers to read more

Customs and Excise Amendment Bill and the Customs Control Bill

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Dear Easyclear client,

RE: General Notices relating to Customs and Excise Amendment Bill and the Customs Control Bill

According to reliable industry sources there has been much progress made on the customs and excise amendment bill and the new customs control bill.

Both bills have been drafted and circulated for discussion for some time now and generated a lot of controversy, interest and discussion both at a regional and national level.

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SARS Interfront implementation

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Customs Modernisation

Dear Trader

IMPLEMENTATION OF NEW INTERFRONT CUSTOMS BORDER SOLUTION

The SARS Customs Modernisation Programme will reach important milestone on the weekend of 16 August 2013, with the intended implementation of the new interfront customs border solutions (iCBS) processing system. This is the culmination of years of development and testing by SARS and Customs service providers and has been a major technical undertaking for all parties concerned.

Extensive parallel testing has read more

Phase 3 Implementation

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During the Phase 3 Modernisation roll outs in 2013 Easyclear made sure it had a presence at each and every border. Doing so ensured that the SARS technical guys had someone they could talk to face to face in case any hiccups were experienced. The agents also had someone they were familiar with who knew what to expect. This gave them piece of mind and made the whole process a lot easier.