A seminar on the new version of the customs management system, better known as GAINDE Integral, was organized from 12th to 14th October 2012 in Saly, Senegal in the presence of Mouhamadou Makhtar CISSE, Director General of Customs, with the bulk of Senegalese clearing agents attending.
Staged by the discipline committee of clearing agents (CDCDS) grouping all the licensed agents in Senegal, the seminar was an occasion for participants to familiarize themselves with the new customs automated procedures aimed at simplifying and facilitating trade-related formalities. For three days, clearing agents were given comprehensive lessons regarding the new twist of customs procedures, with the Director General of Customs explaining the new orientation towards establishing a world class business environment in Senegal, while stepping up competitiveness of the Dakar Port.
Alongside customs officials, the seminar saw the participation of Ms Ramatoulaye Gadio AGNE, General Tax Collector of the Public Treasury, which is indicative of the importance that Senegalese authorities attach to the new clearance procedures.
For the record, after launching a modernization project in the early 1990s, the customs administration has been on a continuous upgrade phase to meet international standards in terms of the processing of clearance formalities. And it was to keep pace with the trend under the impetus of customs that clearing agents convened to delve into the new functions offered by the customs systems and adapt to the new environment marked by the paperless trade platform integrating various applications including ORBUS (collection of pre-clearance permits), GAINDE Integral (customs management system), ORBUS Logistic (goods release operations) and shortly CORUS (e-payment module).
Speaking on behalf of his fellow clearing agents, the CDCDS Chairman Cheikh Loum POUYE welcomed the new system as having a positive and significant impact on the clearance operations, hailing customs for its “steady concern of performance and compliance with global standards by putting at the disposal of clearing agents modern trade facilitation and simplification tools that stakeholders should appropriate in a bid to make the most of the systems.” POUYE further rejoiced over being associated to customs modernization through the establishment of a monitoring committee grouping all stakeholders concerned.
In his closing remarks, the Director General of Customs affirmed that the automation of customs procedures was a real success, as clearing agents and economic operators are reaping the fruits at all levels. The new system, he said, ‘is a win-win partnership with the integration of paperless formalities through a set of innovations that will give a concrete expression of trade facilitation.’ The ultimate objective is to interconnect all the existing applications to encompass all formalities, from the collection of pre-clearance of requisite permits and authorizations to the effective release of goods, through the electronic payment of customs duties and logistic fees.