Customs and Trade Facilitation
In a Free Trade Area, such as the AfCFTA, Customs administrations play an essential role in developing and promoting intra-Africa trade through the effective implementation of the agreed tariff offers, rules of origin, and proper management of the borders. The directorate also simplifies and harmonises customs laws and procedures, the supervision of transshipment, and ensures customs cooperation among others. The Directorate, therefore, facilitates the enforcement of the agreed rules among State Parties.
The work of the Directorate of Customs and Trade facilitation centers on the implementation of the following Annexes to the AfCFTA Protocol on Trade in Goods and other related complimentary issues such as: