Experts in Customs valuation have called for a fair system that ensures that imported goods are fairly valued, and the need to put in place a mechanism for improved importer compliance.

This was said by Mr Ian Cremer, the World Customs Organisation (WCO) Technical Officer in the Tariff and Trade Affairs Directorate (Valuation), at a WCO-East and Southern Africa (ESA) regional workshop for valuation specialists and trainers that was hosted by the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) at St Lucia Park Training and Conference Centre. The centre is a WCO Regional Training Centre

Mr Cremer praised ZIMRA for the excellent facilities at St Lucia Park which he opined are conducive for training and undisturbed assimilation.

Because of the global financial crisis, he added, the need for Customs administrations to collect the correct revenue using the right tools and right knowledge cannot be overemphasised hence the need to develop and strengthen skills in Customs valuation and classification. This comes in the wake of dwindling Customs duties as a result of free trade regimes.


The  Regional Workshop on Customs Valuation, which was held from May 10 to 14, 2010 and was funded by the Japan Customs Co-operation Fund, aimed to strengthen knowledge of Customs valuation in the ESA Region and to provide further assistance with the challenges posed in the effective implementation of the WTO Agreement.