A. General Information

1. Title

Interconnectivity of Customs IT systems between Burkina Faso and Togo

2. Status of the project
3. Implementation period of the project/service:
May 2018
5. Geographical coverage
Participating countries: Burkina Faso, Togo
6. Participating agencies/entities of the project/service:
a. Development stage
Lead agencies/entities
Customs administrations, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) commission, WCO, UNCTAD , JICA
Other participating agencies/entities
b. Operational stage
Lead agencies/entities (op)
UNCTAD (The technical solution was then developed by UNCTAD and IT experts from the region and integrated into UNCTAD’s ASYCUDA World software)
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
a. Objective(s)

This interconnectivity project between the two neighbouring countries of Burkina Faso and Togo originated in the creation of the Cinkassé Joint Customs Post on the border between the two countries and the inclusion of Togo in the PACIR Project (Trade and Regional Integration Support Programme) along with Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal. The interconnectivity project was launched in 2016. The objectives of the project are;

to facilitate and secure international trade by implementing best trade practices in

accordance with the WCO SAFE Framework of Standards;

to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of transit procedures;

to improve the prevention and detection of fraud;

to simplify and secure transit operations;

to make it possible for transit data to be exchanged electronically;

to establish a regional transit database.

b. Business need for the project (background)
c. Business process covered*

The Customs IT system interconnectivity project is one of the actions undertaken by ECOWAS to improve the flow in the circulation of goods on the various road corridors of its regional area by making precise information available to Customs offices in digital form on cargoes in transit from one state to another.

It allows Customs offices in the country of departure of the transit consignment to send data about the consignment in real time to the Customs offices en route and the Customs office of destination. It also means that the Customs offices en route can inform the office of departure that the vehicle and goods have passed through and the office of destination can confirm the arrival of the vehicle and the acceptance of the cargo.

d. Overall architecture and functionalities*

The principles underlying the project relate to a functional solution and a technical solution.

A functional solution, adopted on a legal basis comprising the Revised Kyoto Convention, the Inter-State Road Transit (ISRT) Convention, the DDU Incoterm, etc.

A technical solution, comprising XML messaging by means of the ActiveMQ and JMS

server, allowing exchanges of data relating to the pending transaction.

 Interconnected systems

either ASYCUDA-to-ASYCUDA or ASYCUDA connected to other systems.

 Content of the solution

National and joint processes have been established at the office of departure, enabling classification of some processes (initiation of transit, printing of thetransit accompanying document) as national responsibilities, of other processes(transfer of data to the border Customs office and the Customs office ofdestination) as joint responsibilities and of others (recording of data at the borderoffice and at the office of destination) as both national and joint responsibilities.

Technological architecture: The interconnection of the Customs systems is effected through a virtual private network (VPN), which eliminates the need to create or have recourse to a centralized system. A system of standardization, based on a template, is used between the two Customs administrations.

e. Relevant document/figure
10. Documents and data exchanged via the project

Exchange of transit documentation

11. Data models/databases, proprietary solutions, hybrid approaches
12. Main challenges faced during the project
13. Lessons learned from the project
14. Main benefit(s) of the project
Enhanced regulatory compliance*
Transaction Time savings
Simplified process
14A. Elaborations/detailed description on benefits gained

accurate, smooth and effective exchange of information on transit operations;

acceptance by both parties of the principle of a single guarantee;

transit operations covered by a single document;

reduction of Customs clearance times and lower transit costs resulting from the

simplification of formalities;

transit facilitated and secured;

facilitation of local cross-border economic activity.

15. Technical/financial/capacity building/other assistance

Financial support was provided by EU, WB, GIZ.

16. Future plan for expansion of the project
17. Other information or relevant references on the project

A technical solution, comprises XML messaging by means of the ActiveMQ and JMS

server, allowing exchanges of data relating to the pending transaction.

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
VPN (Virtual Private Network)
The interconnection of the Customs systems iseffected through a virtual private network (VPN).
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