Angola will join the Single Window for Foreign Trade (SWFT) platform starting on 31 March, thus bringing forward its accession to this electronic platform, which aims to facilitate the movement of goods across borders, said on Thursday in Luanda the chief of operations of the Ministry of Trade, Augusta Fortes.
The accession of Angola to the SWFT was planned for 2021.
On the sidelines of the 1st Plenary meeting of the National Committee on Trade Facilitation 2020, chaired by the minister of trade, Joffre Van-Dúnem, Fortes said the SWFT was a single point of entry and exit for documents encompassing all institutions that are part of the foreign trade chain.
This multi-sector tool will align the ministries of trade, finance (through the General Tax Administration), health and agriculture, among others, and plans to reduce customs clearance time and costs, as well as to provide greater security and speed in the handling of customs procedures.
The electronic platform, which is being developed based on Presidential Decree 220/18 of 25 September, lays down requirements to improve the control of exports, determines a single computer system for international trade and imposes adequate oversight of the territorial sea and the Atlantic Ocean coastline.
With the project, Angola seeks improvements and efficiency of customs services, following the examples of countries such as Uganda, Mozambique, Singapore and China.
In this way, the agents involved in foreign trade, can now provide, at a single point of entry, standardised customs statements and dispatches, with a view to meeting requirements on the import, export and transit of goods.