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Africa Trade and Customs Week Summit

The Africa Trade and Customs Week Summit from 11-13 July will take place in Durban ( and I will be moderating the session “Identifying the opportunities and challenges posed by ecommerce to customs agencies, governments, and organizations”. Do join me there! And if you have case studies to share, let me know ([email protected]). Meanwhile just to prove that e-documentation works, South Africa now counts among the first nations in the world with an electronic certification system for the import and export of agricultural products. More than half a billion e-certificates have already been issued.

According to Agriculture Minister, Thoko Didiza, the e-certification process will not only help SA inspectors to save time during the inspection and certification processes but be of equal value for inspectors in the importing countries. A lot of time will be saved when examining certificates accompanying South African fruit and vegetable consignments, especially through pre-clearance procedures of consignments en route to EU nations.

Let’s hope that e-certification can be extended to non-agricultural goods sooner, rather than later.


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