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Lack Of Awareness Of Customs Regulations Creating Work Impediments

The Director General of the Customs Department, Mr. Fessehaye Haile said that the public’s lack of awareness as regards the customs rules and regulations is resulting in wastage of time and expenses.
Asmara, 30 March 2011- The Director General of the Customs Department, Mr. Fessehaye Haile said that the public’s lack of awareness as regards the customs rules and regulations is resulting in wastage of time and expenses.

Mr. Fessehaye stated that nationals inside the country should be familiar with the existing rules and keep up with new amendments by referring to local customs branch offices. And nationals outside the country can get the necessary information from Eritrean embassies and consulates in their respective areas, he added.

Indicating that there are three types of tax payments in Eritrea, namely customs tax, sales tax and additional tariffs, the director general said that the 2-25% tariff on imports is conducive for trade activities and that people should gain ample knowledge of the rules and regulations so that they can properly utilize them.

Pointing out that the categorization of goods is annually revised by the International Customs Organization, Mr. Fessehaye said that work procedures for 2012 will soon be introduced and that the serial number of all goods is the same globally.

The director general finally reminded that being unaware of regulations does not exempt anyone from responsibility and that those who import more goods than they are allowed or those who use counterfeit receipts will face legal penalization.

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