Customs of Togo, Burkina Faso and Niger ink agreement to interconnect their IT systems

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Wednesday, 28 August 2019 14:28
Customs of Togo, Burkina Faso and Niger ink agreement to interconnect their IT systems

(Togo First) - Customs offices of Togo, Burkina Faso and Niger signed last Friday in Ouagadougou a memorandum of understanding to enact the interconnection of their IT systems.

Representing Togo at the signing was Atta Kwawo Essien, Head of Regional Customs Operations at the Togolese Revenue Office (OTR). This signing falls in the framework of the establishment of the Interconnected System for the Management of Goods in Transit (SIGMAT) started last March 22.

The project aims at simplifying transit at the three neighbors’ borders. Concretely, once a truck set to reach Niger or Burkina Faso is declared in Lomé, related information will be shared between customs offices of the two concerned locations (origin and destination). According to website Sidwaya.info, which cites Burkina Faso’s customs, SIGMAT should be operational “latest” by next October 1st.

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