Source Logistics Cluster
Theme Border Crossings and Customs
Countries Central African Republic
Document type Other
Publication date 05/03/2008

Customs Local Regime & Legislation

  • CAR follows the CEMAC Customs Code.
  • But there are national regulations regarding tax and duties exemption.
  • Exemptions depend on the MoU signed with the CAR government. Without a MoU, the CEMAC Customs Code will be applied.
  • Focal Point:

Mr Gabriel NGAÏNDIRO
Fonction: Medecin-Général; Directeur Général des Douanes et Droits Indirects / Ministère des Finances
Tél: (+236)  61 12 09 / 61 67 53 / 61 26 77 / 61 42 22

Relevant documents
CAR - Loi de Finances 2007
CAR - Loi de Finance 2008
CAR - Decret 07 380
CAR - Decret 07 381

Organizations Duties & Taxes Exemption Regime


United Nations Agencies

United Nations agencies have to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of the CAR through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (and then follow subsequent negotiations with the Ministry with authority of the sector of the programme (education, health, etc).

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and French Speaking countries
Focal Point person : Mr. Mathieu Batolo, Director of Immunities and Privileges
Telephone Number : (+236) 21 61 12 43
Mobile Number : (+236) 75 05 62 31                              

NGOs

  • International NGOs have to sign a MoU with the Ministry of Planning, the Ministry of Finances and with the relevant implementing Ministries. There is a standard template (available at Ministry of Planning).
  • This MoU holds the customs duties exemption. But NGOs still have to pay about 10% (Various CEMAC taxes).


Ministry of Planning

Focal Point person : Mr. Jean-Louis Pouninginza, Chef de service des ONGs
Mobile Number : (+236) 75.70.64.84

Application Procedure - Generalities

The procedure to be followed is:

1.    The UN agency or NGO should submit the hereunder listed administrative paperwork when applying for the exemption (to MoFa for UN and to MoF for NGOs with a copy for Ministry of Planning):

a.    Demande d'admission en franchise (Letter of request for exemption of duties & taxes request)
b.    Facture non commerciale (Proforma Invoice: international currency, value in euros or dollars)
c.    Facture originale d'achat (Original Invoice)
d.    Or Attestation de don (Donation Certificate)
e.    Note de détails - manque à gagner (loss of earnings, to be drawn up by a freight/customs clearance agent)
f.    NIF (Tax Identification Number to get from tax office -compulsory)

Then :

UN Agencies

2.    The MoFa validates the pack of documents and forwards them to the Customs Office.
3.    Receive of Customs authorization and clearance

NGOs

2.    The MoF forwards the pack of documents to the Customs Office.
3.    Receive of Customs authorization and clearance
4.    A new decree, still to be applied, changes the procedure: an inter-ministerial board will be set up to validate the exemption. They have 30 days to give their authorization to the Customs Office which will give the clearance.

To get the clearance, in addition to the documents listed above, NGOs and UN agencies has to submit :

1.    Packing List
2.    Transport Doc = BSC (bordereau de Suivi de Chargement ) if by boat, LTA if by plan

Application Procedure - Indexed paperwork required


Packing List

Invoice Type

Number of Invoices

Airway bill / transport document

Certificate of Donation

Other required documents:

no

  • pro-forma invoice
  • original invoice

(4 copies)

no

YES

  • Demande de franchise
  • NIF
  • Loss of Earnings

Comments Same paperwork requirements and procedure apply to all commodities (NFI, medicines, etc)

For vehicles, the procedure to get the number plates and vehicles registered is done after release and clearance.

With the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for UN Agencies (CD plates).

For NGOs (TA plates), once the exemption is authorized, the Customs Office provides a D18 form, which allows Ministry of Transport to give TA numbers. (cost = around 50 000 CFA)

Customs Clearance

Packing List

Invoice Type

Number of Invoices

Airway bill / transport document

Certificate of Donation

Exemption Certificate

YES

  • pro-forma
  • original

 4 copies

YES (original)

 

YES

YES