The electronic single window system, which will provide member country authorities involved in trade, transportation, and logistics with access to standardized information and documents to expedite import and export of goods, has been implemented or is being implemented in 14 of the 21 COMESA countries.
During the second meeting of COMESA’s technical working group in Nairobi, Director of Trade and Logistics Christopher Onyango stated that the member nations are attempting to have the system in place by the end of the year.
“Harmonizing the differences in regulations that exist at national level and this you cannot blame on national government themselves because they are independent but we are trying to make them have a system that can talk to itself and also experdite the clearance of goods across the region”, Christopher Onyango
Once in place, the single window system is expected to reduce the length of time goods needed travel between member countries.
Onyango added that the steps taken by COMESA will be used to build on the African continental free trade area trade platform which is yet to take off.
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