Imported vehicles do no more pass to the port of Bujumbura for clearance operations. Worries of the Global Port Services Burundi (GPSB), the dealer of that port.

A statement of the Burundi Office of Avenue that came out on Friday 19 September: “From the 19th of September 2016, all the imported vehicles via the Dar Es Salaam port will be declared following the unique custom territory procedure”.

This means that, contrary to what was still common, the declaration of vehicles to the destination of Bujumbura has to be done when those vehicles are still on the Tanzanian port. All rights are paid by the declarant who is in Bujumbura. The data communication between the  BOR and its staff based in Dar Es Salaam is done by the computer system called Asycuda World.

When the vehicle arrives at the office based in Kobero on the border withTanzania, it only for the reason of getting a plate that the owner has already paid for.  This means that vehicles no longer have to go back to the port of Bujumbura, the place of great consumption marked on the required documents by the custom.

This new measure makes easier the particulars’ work who import vehicles from abroad; the same is true to the declarants. Still, there is a little similarity: “We lose 100 thousand for the act of declaring at the post of Kobero”, entrust some of the declarants at the port of Bujumbura.

Necessity of accompanying measures

A big concern to the GPSB. “ What are the measures that are already established to protect public infrastructures (as the port of Bujumbura) that facilitate the customs clearance service?”

GPSB has effectively something to claim about the new measures that have reduced the number of its customers(for sure, the vehicles clearance at the port does not bring much incomes to the society) while it makes all that it can in investing and then make the port more modern. The GPSB concern is  more much justified as we know that the measure came out after a the Commissioner General of Burundi office of Avenue (BOA) memorandum on the 18 August. The note was about prohibiting goods clearance to the offices in non-intended areas to the consumption of goods. But for most of the imported goods, the port of Bujumbura is their final destination.