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Single Customs Territory

This is a stage towards full attainment of a Customs Union achievable by the removal of restrictive regulations or minimisation of internal border controls on goods moving between the Partner States with an ultimate realisation of free circulation of goods. Implementation of this framework leads to the harmonisation of standards for goods moved through the territory.

The interconnectivity of customs systems in the region facilitates seamless flow of information between customs stations, a payment system to manage transfers of revenues between Partner States; and legal provisions to enjoin Partner States to enforce customs debts on behalf of each other.

To further enhance operations of the Single Customs Territory, a single window system to enable exchange of information between cargo clearance agencies has been developed.


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