ONLINE IMPORT/EXPORTS PERMITS AND SPS CERTIFICATES
EXPERIENCE OF RWANDA
BackgroundRwanda is committed to enhance safe trade by limiting the introduction and the spread of new pests.
Rwanda is committed to facilitate import and export.
Rwanda Agriculture and Livestock Inspection and Certification Services (RALIS) was established for efficient management of import and export of plant, animal and related products.
Application of Risk Management
Established e-portals for facilitating the issuance of SPS certificates and other imports exports permits
How to strike the balance between control and facilitation
RALIS IMPORT EXPORT SYSTEM (IMPEX)
■ An online, web-based platform designed to enhance the management of all import and export processes of plant/plant materials, and animal/animal products.
■ Since November 2015, e-Portal (RALIS) has gone live,
Main processes covered Import of plant and plant
products Export of plant and plant
materials Import of animal and animal
products Export of animal and animal
products Import of agrochemical products
IMPEX PORTAL KEY FEATURES
■ CLIENT SIDE:– ONLINE PERMIT APPLICATION OF IMPORT/EXPORT PROCESSES– RECEIVE EMAIL NOTIFICATIONS ON APPLICATION PROGRESS– SIMPLE UPLOAD OF RELEVANT DOCUMENTS (LETTER OF INTENT,
■ STAFF WORKFLOW SIDE (MINAGRI)– ONLINE APPROVAL AND CORRECTION OF CLIENT APPLICATIONS– REVIEW OF ALL ATTACHED DOCUMENTS ONLINE– ACTIVATE NOTIFICATIONS TO CLIENT VIA EMAIL
Client side process
Fill Registration Form and Create Username and Password
Application page for clients
Trader application processApplication is Serialized
Online Application Filled by Importer
Filled IMPORT PERMIT APPLICATION FORM (Example)
Tracking the application status
Minagri staff side approval process
Typical staff SIDE approval process
Pest Risk Analysis Externally. Approval Done through system.
Documents Attached are Reviewed by Staff. Approval Done through system.
Traders are notified by staff through email
TRACKING PROCESS Four Key Tracking Processes per application viewed by Staff consisting of Pest Risk Analysis (PRA), Approval of Permit, Arrival Date and Importation Clearance
After a successful application process for either Phytosanitary Certificate or Import Permit, RALIS e-portal transmits information of approved
certificates to ReSW system that is used while processing export and or import Declarations
Single WindowSingle WindowAuthorized Economic Operators
Clearing AgenciesPort authorities , Airlines
Telecom – Notifications Mining Regulatory
Rwanda Standards Board
Electronic Certificate of origin
Rwanda Agriculture Board
Investment Incentives - RDBVehicle Registration department
Bureau of Statistics
Ministry of Health
Utilities Regulatory Agency
Ministries - exempt
Regional & International Bodies
INTERPOL – Black listed Vehicles
COMESA – Regional Transit Guarantee
Other Customs Administrations (KRA, URA, TRA, OBR)
INTEGRATING THE E PORTAL INTO ELECTRONIC SINGLE WINDOW
■ The certificate shows the details of all information to be captured in it
■ The screenshot of the declaration shows the boxes linked to the certificate for the write-off purpose.
Faster clearance, Reduced costs and delays, Reduced non-tariff trade barriers, Enhanced compliance enforcement, Effective/efficient use of resources. Predictable application/explanation of rules/regulation,