Responding favorably to the request of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA, also known by its French acronym, UEMOA), the Secretariat of the World Customs Organization (WCO) sent two experts to Ouagadougou to facilitate the meeting. customs valuation training workshop held from November 22 to 26, 2021 for customs officers from WAEMU member states.
Forty customs officers from eight WAEMU member states, most of whom were customs valuation experts and trainers, attended the training workshop.
The various objectives of the Workshop included the reinforcement of the technical capacities of the participants in matters of customs valuation of imported goods, the promotion within the UEMOA of the harmonized application of the customs value as defined by the Regulation. n Â° 05/1999 / CM / UEMOA of 6 August 1999 on the customs value of imported goods and by guiding the Member States – when determining this value – towards the provisions of said regulation for the purpose of paying customs duties, appropriate value added tax and excise duties.
In view of the objectives of the Workshop, and in response to the request of the organizers, the education on customs valuation has been prepared in such a way as to promote harmonized measures for interpretation and application by all Member States. of the WAEMU of the WTO customs valuation rules. Emphasis was also placed on the importance of strengthening the regulatory framework with regard to customs valuation efforts within the WAEMU.
It is expected that this specific capacity building activity will enable its beneficiaries to intensify their support to efforts aimed at promoting the uniform application of the WTO Agreements on Customs Valuation and Trade Facilitation within the Union. ‘UEMOA.
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