Green Lane and risk management launched at Berbera Customs to improve trade facilitation

12/11/2020. The Ministry of Finance Development launched new customs procedures at Berbera Customs, to help improve the efficiency and effectiveness of customs administration and trade facilitation.

Customs is introducing risk management (RM) to help drive compliance improvements by identifying compliant and non-compliant traders. Compliant traders will be able to benefit from the new Green Lane, where a share of their imports will be able to clear customs without physical examination.

The Green Lane is intended to act as an incentive for traders in Somaliland to comply with customs rules and procedures, and is expected to reduce the average time for goods to clear customs at Berbera. By offering such benefits to trade, the Ministry supports the Government’s wider strategy of attracting increasing amounts of trade to the country.

Partners and stakeholders of the Ministry, including DP World, the Somaliland Freight Forwarder Association (SOFFA) and the Somaliland Quality Control Commission (SQCC) supported the Ministry’s initiative. Risk management and the Green Lane are part of the Ministry’s efforts to modernise customs administration with the support of the UK funded Prosperity from Revenue (PROFR) programme, implemented by Oxford Policy Management.

The department also presented the recently introduced auction procedures, which will be implemented at Berbera in coming months.

For more information, contact Public Relations and Information Department of MOFD- [email protected],