EAC Singles Customs Territory (SCT) System

EAC Singles Customs Territory (SCT) System

EAC Singles Customs Territory (SCT) System

EAC Singles Customs Territory (SCT) System

The East African Community (EAC) is the regional intergovernmental organisation of the Republics of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Republic of Burundi and Republic of Rwanda with its headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania.

The Single Customs Territory (SCT) 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 was developed using peer-to-peer technology.

The Centralized EAC SCT POC is to enable the transmission of trade-related documents between participating EAC SCT member revenue and port authorities’ systems. The platform enables participating bodies to send and receive trade documents by having a single link to the Centralized Platform. The Centralized Platform facilitates the setup, maintenance and expansion of the scope for an SCT environment.

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