Customs Reform and Trade Enhancement Somalia (CRATES)

Sub-Saharan Africa - Somalia

2018-2022 | FCDO | GBP 10.1M

Cowater implemented this FCDO-funded, £10.1 million project (2018-2022) with the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS), including the Revenue Department at the Ministry of Finance, the customs entities at Mogadishu airport and port, as well as local and regional partners. CRATES developed and improved customs practices, according to international and regional standards, resulting in the growth of available domestic revenues for Somalia and corresponding growth in both government spending and increased trade and investment. The primary result areas included providing support in customs policy and legislative and regulatory reform, working with the customs administration to introduce reforms and improve enforcement mechanisms at major ports and airports, while strengthening the capacity of the customs administration. Overall, this project built capacity in customs enforcement and compliance, including risk management; anti-smuggling; post-clearance audit; and intelligence; investigation, valuation and declaration.

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