Automated import duty exemption certification commences first quarter 2020

The automation of the import duty exemption certification (IDEC) process will commence in the first quarter of next year, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, announced on Friday in Abuja.

The minister, who spoke at the opening of the meeting of the interest groups of the IDEC project in Abuja, said the decision to automate the process was part of the government’s effort to eliminate human interface in the processing of duty waiver applications.

The current process, which lacks transparency, involves lengthy bureaucratic processes that usually last between 60 to 180 days.

The minister said the high incidences of revenue losses by government was due to the manual processing of applications, resulting in multiple approvals and delays in processing…

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