Resolved complaints

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Complaint number NTB Type
Category 1. Government participation in trade & restrictive practices tolerated by governments
Category 2. Customs and administrative entry procedures
Category 5. Specific limitations
Category 6. Charges on imports
Category 7. Other procedural problems
Category 8. Transport, Clearing and Forwarding
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NTB-000-125 7.9. Inadequate trade related infrastructure
Policy/Regulatory
2009-07-26 Seychelles: Port Victoria South Africa Resolved
2010-11-22
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Complaint: Some businesses complained that port handling facilities at the ports are unable to handle containers that exceed 6methers (20ft) thereby limiting exporters in implementing the most cost effective way of transporting their products.  
Resolution status note: Seychelles reported that a new plan for handling of containers has been designed and is expected to ease the current burden in the handling of containers; however it is not too clear when the renovation project will kick start.  
NTB-000-124 2.14. Other 2009-07-26 SADC South Africa Resolved
2010-11-22
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Complaint: Training of new customs recruits in the region  
Resolution status note: Seychelles reported that training of new recruits is a point of concern for Seychelles. Training especially for customs officers, on R.O.O, clearing process, investigation, inspection, to conduct time release study ect...is in progress.  
NTB-000-123 7.9. Inadequate trade related infrastructure 2009-07-26 Seychelles: Other Seychelles South Africa Resolved
2010-11-22
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Complaint: Inadequate cold room facilities at ports  
Resolution status note: Seychelles reported that having adequate cold storage facility at airport and sea port is considered one future area of development.  
NTB-000-122 2.7. International taxes and charges levied on imports and other tariff measures 2009-07-26 Seychelles: Customs Seychelles Resolved
2011-06-03
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Complaint: Seychelles has recently imposed a levy on imports of pork and poultry products into that country  
Resolution status note: Seychelles reported that this is no longer the case  
NTB-000-121 2.8. Lengthy and costly customs clearance procedures 2009-07-26 Seychelles: Customs Swaziland Resolved
2011-06-03
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Complaint: There is total lack of consistency in the application of customs procedures at all clearing offices.  
Resolution status note: Seychelles reportd that the situation has much improved with ASYCUDA++  
NTB-000-120 2.8. Lengthy and costly customs clearance procedures 2009-07-26 Seychelles: Ministry of Trade Seychelles Resolved
2010-07-29
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Complaint: The administrative procedures for issuing import licences require improved efficiency  
Resolution status note: Seychelles reported that Infrastructural and human resources limitations being addressed  
NTB-000-119 2.8. Lengthy and costly customs clearance procedures 2009-07-26 Seychelles: Other Seychelles Seychelles Resolved
2010-11-22
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Complaint: Lengthy clearing processes at the Seychelles ports.  
Resolution status note: Seychelles reported that, with the Asycuda system the clearing process can take 24hrs, all transaction can be done on-line. Appointments were given to clear goods to facilitate work of custom officers and avoid congestion Need to confirm current situation  
NTB-000-118 1.3. State subsidies, procurement, trading, state ownership 2009-07-26 Seychelles: Seychelles Marketing Board Seychelles Resolved
2010-11-22
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Complaint: The State participates in trading through the Seychelles marketing Board. The State Trading Company has an unfair competitive advantage over private traders.  
Resolution status note: Seychelles reported that SMB no longer in existence. Successor company STC privatised.  
NTB-000-117 5.1. Quantitative restrictions 2009-07-26 Kenya: Kenya Revenue Authority Mauritius Resolved
2011-07-28
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Complaint: Restrictive import permit imposed by Kenya for importation of bread flour. This has been in place for more than ten years now.  
Products: 1101.00: Wheat or meslin flour  
NTB-000-116 8.7. Costly Road user charges /fees 2009-07-26 Malawi: Ministry of Transport South Africa Resolved
2012-04-26
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Complaint: Malawi charges very high road leivies  
Resolution status note: At the 3rd meeting the Tripartite NTBs Focal Points and NMC Chairs,Malawi reported that it was difficult to get further information from the complainant as this was uploaded before the online system allowed complainants to provide their contact details. However, Malawi would consult with the Ministry of Transport to gather all the transport related charges and upload them on the NTB website, for transparency. It was resolved that this NTB could not be processed for now until such time South Africa provides adequate information on the complaint. In the meantime, the NTB would be considered resolved, until the agreed information is made available. South Africa requested that the NTB be transffered to the section for resolved NTBs of policy and regulatory nature since the regulations are in place in Malawi.  
NTB-000-115 8.7. Costly Road user charges /fees
Policy/Regulatory
2009-07-26 Botswana: Ministry of Transport South Africa Resolved
2011-01-10
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Complaint: Botswana charges very high road levies.  
Resolution status note: Botswana reported that Botswana charges road levies on entry to Botswana at the border only. Road levies are used for road maintenance in Botswana, and are only paid once at entry point.  
NTB-000-113 7.9. Inadequate trade related infrastructure 2009-07-26 Tanzania: Dar-es-Salaam Port South Africa Resolved
2011-05-23
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Complaint: Periodic port congestion in Tanzania makes logistical planning near impossible , which impact negatively on perishable exports.  
Resolution status note: Tanzania reported that by July 2010, the import container dwell time had been reduced to 10 days, ship waiting time from 13 days to 4 days and ship turnaround time from 19 days to 3 days. This improvement has been attributable to additional investment to increase handling capacity which involved reorganisation of the port area (additional capacity of 14,000 TEU's) and opening of new ICD (additional capacity of 10,000 TEU's). This is complimented by supportive tariff for ICD and punitive tariff for overstayed containers within the port. New customs procedures which include online submission of declarations and supporting documents, reduced percentage of physical verifications, partial submission of manifest all have contributed positively to reduce dwell time. Efforts are now geared towards implementing a single window port community system PCS TO FURTHER REDUCE CONTAINER DWELL TIME TO 5 DAYS.
Establishment of ICD was meant to create additional space of approximately 10,000 TEU's as pointed out earlier.
All transit containers were excluded in the process of being sent to ICD in order to reduce the inconvenience to the customers and also get rid of the double handling that would be created by sending the transit containers to ICD.
ICD are currently working as an extension of the port and hence monitoring of transit containers not sent to ICD will be easily monitored. Therefore this will not be subjected to any charges since all transit containers will be stationed at the port.
 
NTB-000-112 7.8. Consular and Immigration Issues 2009-07-26 Namibia: Ministry of Home Affairs South Africa Resolved
2010-11-22
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Complaint: Work permits are required from consultants and business representatives even for one day visits.  
NTB-000-108 7.9. Inadequate trade related infrastructure 2009-07-26 Angola: Telecommunications Department South Africa Resolved
2011-11-30
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Complaint: Angola postal and delivery services are unrelaible  
Resolution status note: During the NTB workshop held in Luanda on 30 November 2011, Angola reported that postal services have been improved significantly in the last few years. DHL, and other services are now available in post offices. The NTB is therefore resolved.  
NTB-000-106 2.7. International taxes and charges levied on imports and other tariff measures 2009-07-26 Swaziland: Ministry of Trade South Africa Resolved
2010-11-22
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Complaint: Swaziland imposed import levy for dairy products.  
Resolution status note: Swaziland reported that there is an import levy on dairy products imposed and collected by Swaziland Dairy Board  
NTB-000-105 2.7. International taxes and charges levied on imports and other tariff measures
Policy/Regulatory
2009-07-26 Malawi: Malawi Revenue Authority South Africa Resolved
2012-04-26
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Complaint: Malawi imposed 20%surcharge on all imports of chicken and eggs.  
Resolution status note: At the 3rd meeting the Tripartite NTBs Focal Points and NMC Chairs, Malawi reported that they are still charging the 20% excise duty as indicated by the complainant. They indicated that this is in their regulation and there are no indications that the situation might change soon. South Africa pointed out that this is a NTB and Malawi should endeavour to remove it. SA also requested Malawi to upload the regulation on the NTB website as a comment to this complaint, and post the relevant regulation on the website under “notifications”. It was therefore resolved that this NTB be transferred to the section for Resolved NTBs of regulatory nature for further consideration since no action can be taken immediately.  
NTB-000-104 2.7. International taxes and charges levied on imports and other tariff measures 2009-07-26 Botswana: Ministry of Agriculture South Africa Resolved
2011-01-10
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Complaint: Botswana imposed 15% levy on wheat imports  
Resolution status note: Botswana advised that she does not impose levy on wheat imports.  
NTB-000-103 5.3. Export taxes 2009-07-26 Namibia: Ministry of Trade South Africa Resolved
2010-11-22
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Complaint: Namibia imposed export levies on live animals, hides and skins .  
NTB-000-102 1.2. Government monopoly in export/import
Policy/Regulatory
2009-07-26 Mauritius: Ministry of Agriculture South Africa Resolved
2010-11-22
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Complaint: Mauritius has single marketing channel for agricultural products  
Resolution status note: Mauritius reported that she is a net food importer and therefore state regulated agencies are necessary to coordinate food imports into that country for food security purposes  
NTB-000-101 1.2. Government monopoly in export/import 2009-07-26 Zimbabwe: Ministry of Agriculture South Africa Resolved
2010-11-22
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Complaint: Zimbabwe has single marketing channel for basic commodities.  
Resolution status note: Zimbabwe reported that this is no longer obtaining.  
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