GAINDE Paperless Trade Phase I & II
ICF and the Government of Senegal worked on two projects which aimed to reduce the time it takes to declare and clear goods through customs. This involved introducing a regulatory and administrative framework for automated and digitized customs clearance procedures. It also involved the adoption in 2011 of electronic documents and signatures as legally binding documents in Senegal.
As a result, registration for customs declaration has been reduced from 2 days to 15 minutes; the customs pre-clearance process now takes 7 hours instead of 2 days; customs clearance for exports now takes 11 days instead of 14 days and for imports it now takes 14 days instead of 18 days; and goods removal now takes 2 days instead of 3 days.
Modernization of Customs Authority
ICF worked with the Government of Senegal to modernise the Customs Authority in order to reduce the time and cost for custom declaration and release of goods. The project streamlined, automated and digitized the customs clearance processes, and integrated the customs clearance system into a common electronic trade data platform. It also introduced a new regulatory and administrative framework for the automated and digitalized custom clearance procedures.
As a result of the project, registration for customs declaration now only takes 15 minutes instead of the previous 2 days. The processing of customs clearance has been reduced from 18 days to 1 day and the processing of goods removal was reduced from 3 days to 2 days.
The project has enabled all the main Customs offices to now operate on GAINDE’s common electronic trade data platform. These are: Dakar Port Nord, Dakar Port Sud, Dakar Petrole, Dakar Airport and five secondary Customs Offices. All together, they process more than 90% of customs declarations in Senegal. 100% of the customs declarations are registered within the system.
Modernization of Tax Administration
ICF has been working with the Government of Senegal to improve tax administration in the country. The first phase of ICF support introduce a new legal framework that streamlined regulatory and administrative tax procedures in order to increase transparency, and reduce time and cost for tax administration.
The project established e-Tax and e-Payment systems, automated existing administrative processes and digitised tax records. As a result, declaring and paying taxes through the Large Taxpayer Office now takes 15 minutes instead of 2 days, processing corporate taxes reimbursements and VAT refunds takes 15 days and 30 days respectively instead of 175 days. The second phase of ICF support will enhance the eServices in order to increase the number of taxpayers using these electronic services. This will be done by enhancing the e-Payment system and operationalizing the tax services centre.