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Guyana Revenue Authority Addresses Timeliness of Import and Export Processsing
Source: http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2013/05/30/gra-addresses-timeliness-of-import-and-export-processing/
Source Date: Thursday, May 30, 2013
Focus: ICT for MDGs, Institution and HR Management
Country: Guyana
Created: May 30, 2013

In response to several complaints about the length of time it takes for imports and exports to be processed, the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) has made adjustments to its Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and the structure of the Goods Examination Unit (GEU) with a view to delivering a more timely and efficient service.

Measures aimed at reducing the time and cost involved in the processing of import and export of goods include an increase in the complement of staff in the unit and a separation of functions relating to imports and exports.

GRA has reported that in the past, declarations lodged with Customs would have taken at least two weeks to be processed. However, as a result of alignment and simplification of processes, more effective use of technology and regular training of officers promoted in recent times, the agency has made massive improvements. More than 67,000 declarations were processed in just three working days.

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