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JICA trains Custom officers on HS code

J ICA’s Chief Advisor on Custom Administration, Mr. Mitsunori Numaguchi, giving opening remarks during HS code training to build capacity of South Sudan custom officers yesterday (Photo by Kitab A Unango)

By Kitab A Unango

The government of Japan has launched a training aimed at building capacity of South Sudan custom officers for transparent revenue collection using Harmonized System code.

The Harmonized System (HS) is an international nomenclature for the classification of products that allows participating countries to classify traded goods on a common basis for customs purposes.

At the international level, the HS for classifying goods is a six-digit code system.

Mr. Mitsunori Numaguchi, Japan International cooperation Agency’s chief advisor on custom administration, said the training would help custom officers to execute their duties transparently.

“Based on this Harmonized System code training, they will impose custom duty transparently and clearly,” said Mr. Numaguchi.

Speaking at the launching of the six days training held yesterday at Regency Hotel in Juba, Mr. Numaguchi said South Sudan became party of Harmonized System Conventions following the President’s accent to the taxation bill. He added that it required Custom officers to have an understanding of the system.

“As of last month, South Sudan is not a contracting party of HS conventions; therefore HS code is not well recognized among South Sudanese custom officers. However, the financial Act and its annex namely, taxation bill have been signed by the President and those legislation were recently executed. The taxation bill clearly provides HS codes and custom rates,” Mr. Numaguchi added.

In August, JICA donated 21 laptops including a server computer to the National Revenue Authority to ease custom administration through a project for implementation of Harmonized System code supported by the International Custom network.

According to JICA, South Sudan trade statistics was compiled manually which made it difficult to generate credible statistics which were indispensable for making and deciding relevant policies in the country.

Since 2016, JICA has built the capacity of 600 custom officers through training, including clearance agents and statistics officers.

 

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