Government Communication and Information (GCIS) has published a statement on Cabinet’s recent meeting (26 June 2013) revealing at least three key aspects affecting SARS as well as external stakeholders involved in or impacted by Customs business. An excerpt of the statement follows below.
Cabinet approved the submission of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol on Trade in Services to Parliament for ratification, in accordance with section 231 of the Constitution. The objectives of the Protocol are to liberalise intra-regional trade in services on the basis of equity, balance and mutual benefit. This Protocol also sets out a framework for the liberalisation of trade in services between SADC member states and serves as a basis for negotiations.
Cabinet approved the implementation steps proposed for the establishment of a Border Management Agency (BMA). The BMA would manage migration, customs and land border line control services and efficiently coordinate the service of all departments in ports of entry. The Department of Home Affairs will be the lead Department in establishing the BMA.
Finally, and for some a contentious issue, Cabinet also approved the Customs Control Bill (CCB), the Customs Duty Bill, 2013 (CDB) and the Customs and Excise Amendment Act, 2013 (CEAA) for submission to Parliment. The Bills provide a foundation for the facilitation of international trade and protection of the economy and society, thereby creating a balance between customs control and trade facilitation. Source: GCIS