COVID-19 Reference Sites for Customs and Trade purposes


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Here follows a list of various international and South African websites relating to COVID-19, which provide information guidelines and procedures to assist Customs administrations and relevant stakeholders in the international supply chain.

This page will be updated as and when new information occurs. All new material will be referenced by “New” after the heading or document.

WORLD CUSTOMS ORGANISATION

The WCO COVID-19 webpage provides a dedicated COVID-19 webpage covering a variety of guidelines fro its membership. Some of the key documents are the following –

WORLD BANK

Maintaining trade flows during the COVID-19 pandemic will be crucial in providing access to essential food and medical items and in limiting negative impacts on jobs and poverty. The World Bank has identified three key areas where governments can ameliorate the impact. The following documents provide initial guidance for policymakers on best practices to mitigate pandemic-related trade risks, support trade facilitation and logistics, and implement trade policy in a time of crisis –

INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND

Office of Fiscal Affairs has issued a Note which draws on revenue administrations’ current responses to the COVID-19 crisis and previous IMF guidance on earlier crises—adapted to the special circumstances of the current crisis. Specific measures are provided under six broad headings: (I) Business Continuity; (II) Easing Taxpayer Obligations; (III) Implementing Government Support Policies; (IV) Enhancing Communication and Taxpayer Assistance; (V) Protecting Revenue and Safeguarding Compliance; and (VI) Customs Administration.

WORLD TRADE ORGANISATION

INTERPOL

INTERPOL has released international guidelines in order to enhance the safety and effectiveness of law enforcement and first responder support in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

INTERNATIONAL AIR TRAFFIC ASSOCIATION (AIR)

INTERNATIONAL MARITIME ORGANISATION (SEA)

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ROAD)

SOUTH AFRICAN REVENUE SERVICE (SARS)

The Customs and Excise Home Page provides various updates relating to legal and procedural matters. Some of the key documents are as follows –

South African Taxpayers can also monitor developments on the SARS Coronavirus COVID-19 webpage

INTERNATIONAL TRADE ADMINISTRATION COMMISSION

Covid-19 News and Regulations webpage contains information in regard to import and export controls –

BUSINESS UNITY SOUTH AFRICA

NATIONAL DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

The Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation (the Alliance) 

The Alliance Covid-19 hub brings together useful resources on the pandemic in one place and provides tips on how to keep essential goods moving in these challenging times.  

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