LIBERIA: LRA Customs Launches New Electronic Portal To Boost Trade Facilitation

PRESS RELEASE

LRA Commissioner General Thomas Doe Nah

(Sunday September 5, 2021) The Liberia Revenue Authority has launched an electronic tariff platform that will provide greater tax compliance and increased revenue generation in customs.

The E-Tarrif portal now allows for the availability of tariff, duties, and other relevant information available to the broader trade and customs community in an electronic format.

Launching the platform, LRA Commissioner General Thomas Doe Nah termed the launch of the e-tariff portal as major boost to  government’s efforts in digitizing and modernizing the tax administration system and promoting the overall national vision of the Pro-poor Agenda for prosperity and Development.

The new portal, which can be accessed through the LRA website, will boost trade facilitation to Liberia. Users can easily predict duties and estimate the tariff.

Meanwhile LRA customs commissioner Saa Saamoi said the new electronic portal will give customers predictability and provide accountability in the execution of customs affairs.

LRA Customs Commissioner Saa Saamoi

He also thanked the World customs organization and the European union for working along with the project technical team and for also the provision of training for customs officers on how to use the new portal.

Representing the Ministry of Finance and Development planning, deputy finance minister for planning and economic management, Augustus Flomo, stated that the ministry will continue to work and collaborate with LRA to ensure such initiatives that promote revenue generation and enhance the pro-poor Agenda be maintained.

Additionally, also speaking unbehalf of partners, EU Ambassador Laurent Delahousse termed the launch as a major milestone in ensuring that trade facilitation is boosted across in Liberia.

A Group photo after the Launch of LRA E-Tarrif Portal

He stated that, “as a major development partner of the government, we are proud to continue our support to the ministry of finance and we think this process brings more transparency, more streamlining and more efficiency to  modern functions of customs.”

This customs modernization effort is sponsored by the European Union through the world customs organizations under the Harmonized Systems project for Africa.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.

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