Complaint

Complaint number
NTB-001-066  
NTB Type
Other type:  
Complaint
Introduction by Autoridade Tributária de Moçambique of a SINGLE ENTRY Temporary Import Permit (TIP) at a cost of MZN700, which is currently processed manually for the majority of vehicles at Ressano Garcia's KM4 facility.
The costs are prohibitive for companies moving transit cargo from South Africa to the Port of Maputo, with 15 loads per week per vehicle a common achievement. In addition, the delays experienced by the manual processing of the TIP document adds significant cost on account of the waiting time that drivers are subjected to. The Port of Maputo has collaborated with Customs in Mozambique to collect electronic payments for the TIPs, but so far only 10 companies have taken up the use of the facility. Even those companies registered on the Port's electronic system are not guaranteed speedy processing, and delays are still experienced by drivers as they still have to queue to collect the TIP document. Electronic payments should take precedent over manual payments, but in reality this is not the case. It is common knowledge that a R50 bribe will speed up the processing of the TIP document.
The SADC Protocol on Trade is clear in its reference to the removal of tariffs and non tariff barriers. At this point, the TIP cost to one company moving 180 trucks per month, is in excess of R1,4million ZAR or USD88,000. The manual processing compromises the integrity of the system and the costs directly impact the competitiveness of the trade route for imports and transit imports into Mozambique.
With the push towards the harmonization of regulations within the SADC and TRIPARTITE region, the TIP process should be harmonized with that of South Africa which has a multiple entry TIP valid for 6 months and is processed at no cost to the user.  
Progress update note
On 30 June 2022, Mozambique Focal Point reported tat they were attending to the matter and will submit feedback as soon a s possible.  
Policy or regulatory NTB
No 
Location
Mozambique: Delegação Aduaneira de Ressano Garcia (Road) (Border post)  
Reporting Country or Region
Mozambique  
Country specific trade issue
No  
Date of incident
2022-01-01  
Status
New  
Product Description
All general imports and transit imports carried by foreign vehicles (i.e., non Mozambique registered vehicles).


 
Total value
0  
Date reported
2022-05-04 14:29  
Modified
2022-05-04 14:29