Mozambique Customs steps up on Rules of Origin competency development

26 February 2024

Under the framework of the EU-WCO Rules of Origin Africa Programme, funded by the European Union, the World Customs Organization (WCO), in partnership with the Regional Training Center (RTC)  Kenya and the Mozambique Revenue Authority, held a national training workshop on rules of origin for Mozambique Customs. The workshop was held in Maputo, Mozambique, from 19 to 23 February 2024 with the objective to assist Mozambique in enhancing its knowledge and application of preferential rules of origin. The training is part of a workplan established with the RTC for competency development for several countries in the ESA region.

In his opening remarks, Mr. Leonel Nouela, Director for International Cooperation, thanked the WCO, the EU and the RTC for their support in building capacity on rules of origin and highlighted that the workshop would equip participants with the necessary tools to effectively carry out their day to day tasks and ensure a correct revenue collection.

During the workshop, participants worked on key concepts for proper origin determination, related operational and procedural issues, including origin certification and origin irregularities, as well as the establishment of efficient origin management. In addition, participants discussed specific areas of concern, including the low level of knowledge and use of the FTAs and challenges linked to verification of origin including trough administrative cooperation. They also discussed recommendations for better management and implementation of rules of origin on a national and regional level.

Participants participated actively and greatly appreciated the opportunity given by the workshop to exchange knowledge and experiences and stressed that this training would contribute to trade facilitation as well as fair and efficient revenue collection.

The EU-WCO Rules of Origin Africa Programme will continue its work with the RTC and Mozambique Customs to equip Customs officials and relevant stakeholders with extended knowledge for efficient implementation and application of rules or origin.

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