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ZRA, EU introduce certification system for exporters

From left to right: Dimitris Papastefanakis (EU Energy Technical Assistance Facility Team Leader), Graham Ching'ambu (Programme Manager Infrastructure - EU Delegation), Mohamedain Seif Elnasr (CEO ad Interim of RAERESA), Adam Grodzicki (Head of Infrastructure EU Delegation), Ms Brig Gen. Emeldah C. Chola (Rtd) (Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy), Ms. Karine Genty (Deputy Head of Unit for Sustainable Energy and Climate Change DG DEVCO)

ESTHER MSETEKA, Lusaka
THE Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA), in partnership with the European Union (EU), has introduced a self-certification electronic system for exporters to the EU market at a cost of K150,000.
The new programme known as Registered Exporters (REX) System will be piloted for one year in Nakonde and Chirundu then extended to other parts of the country.
Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry permanent secretary Kayula Siame said it was encouraging to note that REX would further help provide easy traceability of exporters and also broaden their market.
Speaking when she officiated at an electronic certification awareness workshop on Wednesday, Mrs Siame said EU was among the major destinations for Zambia’s exports in various commodities, especially non-tradition ones, which accounted for US$93 million between January and October last year.
“I have also been informed that the system aims to make available an up-to-date and complete information on registered exporters established in non-EU countries that are beneficiaries of the generalised system of preferences allowing them to utilise the EU preferential trade arrangements, Mrs Siame said.
She said the REX system allowed for exporter to spend less time dealing with issues of origin at customs.
Mrs Siame thanked cooperating partners for facilitating the participation of Zambia in the REX system pilot programme, particularly through the regional integration capacity building project under Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).
Earlier, ZRA commissioner general Kingsley Chanda said the e-certification of origin on REX would come with many benefits, including one-time registration and freed resources from the customs perspective as there will be no need for customs to issue certificates of origin.

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