- 29 November, 2016:
A five-day workshop on Post Clearance Audit (PCA) which is an effective measure for trade facilitation as well as compliance verification, kicked off yesterday at the Mauritius Revenue Authority (MRA) Regional Training Centre, Mer Rouge.
Some 30 delegates from 19 countries of the East and Southern Africa (ESA) region are participating in this workshop with the aim to assist the Customs administrations to implement or reinforce PCA.
In his address, the Director General of the MRA, Mr Sudhamo Lal stated that Mauritius has major projects under way, namely the Cargo village, the Omnicane Smart City, and the extension of the Port amongst others.
As we are expecting a sizeable increase in imports and exports and number of travellers, we have the obligation to take the right initiatives and this workshop will provide invaluable support in promoting the capacity building agenda of customs administrators, he said.
“Customs will be able to target their resources more effectively and work in partnership with the business community to improve compliance levels and facilitate trade”, Mr Lal added.
It is recalled that PCA or audit-based controls as defined in the Revised Kyoto Convention are measures by which Customs satisfy themselves as to the accuracy and authenticity of declarations. It is a critical control methodology for Customs as it enables them to apply a multi-layered risk-based control approach by moving from a strictly transaction-based control environment such as physical examination, verification of value, origin and classification of goods, verification of certificates, to a stronger audit-based administration.
The use of PCA enables Customs administrations to allow legitimate goods to be cleared in a timely manner, target high risk consignments, protect revenue, ensure greater compliance with Customs laws and regulations, detect and prevent fraud more comprehensively and promote compliance with other Revenue Laws.