Successful conclusion of the WCA regional transit workshop

17 April 2018

More than 80 experts from Member Customs Administrations, Industry associations, National guarantors and shippers’ councils, other private sector entities, Regional Economic Communities and development partners gathered in Cotonou, Benin from 11 to 13 April 2018 for a regional workshop on transit for the WCO West and Central Africa (WCA) region. The event was co-organized by the WCO, the Africa Transport Policy Programme (SSATP) hosted by the World Bank, the International Road Transport Union (IRU) and the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor Organisation (ALCO). High-level officials from the Government of Benin addressed the workshop participants during the opening and closing ceremonies.

In interactive sessions, the WCO set the scene by presenting the guiding principles for the establishment of efficient and effective transit regimes as outlined in the various sections of the WCO Transit Guidelines and the participants shared and discussed good practices, challenges and measures for further improvement of the various aspects of transit in the region. Highly informative and interesting presentations were delivered by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Customs administrations of Cote d’Ivoire and Cameroon, Ghana Community Network Services Limited (GCNet), Borderless Alliance, the Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders (GIFF) and other stakeholders. Best practices from the East African Community (EAC) were also shared with the workshop participants.

The workshop concluded with outlining strategic areas in which further work needs to be done to improve the effectiveness of transit regimes in the region, but also to support and promote existing good practices.

The regional transit workshop for the WCA region was the second in a series of regional events planned by the WCO with the objective of promoting the implementation of the WCO Transit Guidelines launched in July 2017, and the establishment by Members of efficient and effective transit regimes in their territories.