Domestic and foreign passengers arriving and leaving Angola through land, sea and air borders will now have to declare in writing the goods they are carrying, based on a form to be made officially available, the Ministry of Finance said through the General Tax Administration (AGT).
The customs declaration form for passengers/travellers will be available in three languages, Portuguese, English and French, starting on 1 December at the 4 de Fevereiro International Airport, but experimentally for a period of 30 days.
Santos Mussamo, Director of Customs Services, publicly presenting the new form on Thursday, said that after the 4 de Fevereiro International Airport will be followed by the Port of Luanda and Lobito simultaneously in January 2020 and afterwards, the borders of Zaire, Luvo and Santa Clara and Angola/Namibia, in the province of Cunene.
The introduction of the form is in line with international good practice for controlling financial negotiable goods flows, as well as compliance with Recommendation 32 of the Eastern and Southern Africa Anti-Money Laundering Group (ESAAMLG) of which Angola is a member.
With this measure, Angola also complies with the recommendations of the International Financial Action Task Force (FATF/FATI) and the US National Treasury to combat money laundering and terrorist financing.
The measure was approved by a Presidential Decree of 9 August, 2019, which establishes the terms and conditions for the definition of the obligation on the part of passengers to make statements in writing about goods carried by them at the time of travel.