The COMESA Customs Transit Guarantee Scheme (RCTG Carnet) is expected to be operational in the Djibouti Corridor covering Djibouti and Ethiopia in March this year.
And more than 310, 000 carnets have been issued and 1, 234 RCTG bonds executed in the region from 2011 to last year 2017.
COMESA Virtual Trade Facilitation System (CVTFS) e-initiatives Coordinator Mr Fred Besa said this during his presentation on the System during the first Digital FTA Workshop in Seychelles.
The RCTG Carnet is a Customs transit regime designed to facilitate the movement of transit goods under customs seals in the Eastern & Southern Africa region.
The activities to implement the RCTG Carnet in the North-South corridor namely: Malawi and DR Congo are ongoing.
To enhance its performance, an IT tool known as the RCTG Management Information System (RCTG-MIS) was designed to automate the operations of the Scheme. The RCTG-MIS has been integrated with the National Customs IT systems of:
• ASYCUDA World ( Burundi, Rwanda & Uganda);
• Simba 2005 (Kenya ) -now migrated to Integrated Customs Management System (iCMS); and
• TANCIS (Tanzania).
So far 13 COMESA Member and non-Member States are party to the Scheme. This are Burundi, Djibouti, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Malawi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
The RCTG Scheme is a component of the COMESA Protocol on Transit Trade and Transit Facilitation.
Currently, the RCTG Carnet is fully operational in the Northern and Central Corridor countries namely: Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.