A. General Information

1. Title

Data exchange between Customs authorities of Agadir Member countries

2. Status of the project
3. Implementation period of the project/service:
5. Geographical coverage
Regional: Africa
Participating countries: Egypt, Morocco
6. Participating agencies/entities of the project/service:
a. Development stage
Lead agencies/entities
Other participating agencies/entities
b. Operational stage
Lead agencies/entities (op)
Other participating agencies/entities (op)
7. Main stakeholders/beneficiaries of the project
Traders (big enterprises)
Traders (SMEs)
Customs brokers
8. Business process category of the project
Regulatory/official control

B. Lessons Learned

9. Summary description of the project/service
Brief Summary

The Agadir agreement aism at supporting economic activities through a free trade area and the coordination of trade policies. Based on the Agreement, member states agreed to electronic exchange of information between customs authorities with the objective to enhance trade, and fighting fraud.


a. Objective(s)

The aim of the Agadir Agreement is as follows;

Developing economic activity, supporting employment, increasing productivity, and improving living standards within the Member Countries.

Establishing a Free Trade Area between member countries

Coordination of overall and sectoral economic policies in the Member Countries, in particular foreign trade, services and customs, to ensure conditions for objective competition between the member countries.

Based on the Agreement the participant countries agreed to the electronic exchange of information between customs authorities with the objective to enhance trade, and fighting fraud.

b. Business need for the project (background)

To attract FDI.

c. Business process covered*

Identifying the system used in the exchange of information process to connect 4 customs authorities.

Identifying data fields

Identifying reference tables


Lunching electronic exchange

d. Overall architecture and functionalities*
e. Relevant document/figure
10. Documents and data exchanged via the project

Electronic exchange of information between customs

11. Data models/databases, proprietary solutions, hybrid approaches
12. Main challenges faced during the project

IT infrastructure

Interference of policies and Strategies on the regional level

Lack of coordination between regional communities and organizations

13. Lessons learned from the project
14. Main benefit(s) of the project
Enhanced regulatory compliance*
Transaction Time savings
Simplified process
Increased trade flow
14A. Elaborations/detailed description on benefits gained
15. Technical/financial/capacity building/other assistance
16. Future plan for expansion of the project
17. Other information or relevant references on the project
18. Relevant document regarding the project

C. Relevant Standards

20. Electronic message standard
20A. Electronic message standard supporting the project
20B. Type of standard for electronic message applied for the project
21. Technical communication standard
21A. Technical communication standard supporting the project
21B. Type of technical communication standard applied for the project
22. Security-related standards*
22A. Security-related standard supporting the project
22B. Type of security-related standard applied for the project
23. Other Technical Information
23A. Interface developed for data exchange with an internal system
23B. Other technical implementation information