Trade facilitation concerns how procedures and controls governing the movement of goods across national borders can be improved to reduce cost and shipment time while also improving revenue collection and regulatory enforcement. Trade facilitation initiatives require cross-institution coordination within government, as well as collaboration between the government, the private sector and civil society. In Mozambique, trade facilitation matters are coordinated by the National Trade Facilitation Committee.
For more information on the work of the committee, and it’s current workplan, see here.
Two multilateral agreements set forth trade facilitation “best practices” – the World Customs Organization’s Revised Kyoto Convention , to which Mozambique acceded in 2012, and the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement , which Mozambique ratified in 2016.
Mozambique is also party to the SADC protocol on Trade, which includes intentions to streamline customs procedures and trade facilitation as outlined in the Protocol on Trade, Annex II Concerning Customs Co-Operation within the Southern African Development Community.