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317o Banks (7)o Douala port authorityo « Société générale de surveillance »o Customs departmento Phytosanitary serviceo Currency exchange departmento Treasuryo National Office for Cocoa and CoffeeGUCE ACTIVITIES• Accomplishment of all formalities relating to import-export trade operations in a single place;• Publication and dissemination of documents of transactions reports on international marine traffic in Cameroon, in collaboration with the authorities and operators concerned;• Management of a computer system for automa- tion of procedures;• Maintenance of computer equipment;• And more generally, all further or related ope- rations likely to improve the effectiveness and effi- ciency of foreign trade procedures.The One-Stop Shop for foreign trade transactions provides:• Softness in the treatment of files;• Drastic reduction of the deadlines for releaseand border crossing of goods in the Douala Port;• Ease in the approach of loaders and economic operators;• Simplification of procedures;• Economies of scale, which really reduces thecosts of maritime transactions.Besides the above-mentioned players, part of GUCE’s members are from the public services as MINFI, (Ministry of Economy and Finance), MIN- COMMERCE (Ministry of Trade), and MIN- TRANS (Ministry of Transport).They also come from organizations and profes- sional associations like:o Douala Port Authorityo Chamber of commerce, industries and minesof Cameroono Inter-employers’ group of Cameroono Professional Grouping of stevedores ofCameroono Consignees and shipowners Union ofCameroono Authorised Commissioners in Customs andForwarders Union of Cameroono Importers and Exporters Union of Cameroon o Cameroon Exporters Groupo Professional Association of Credit Institutionsof Cameroono Cameroon Association for Bananao Cameroon Importers Groupo Industrialists Union of Cameroono National Union of Road Transporters ofCameroono Association of Insurance Companies ofCameroono Transport and Transit Auxiliaries UnionCUSTOMS CODEThe customs code is governed in Cameroon by Act N0 7/93-UDEAC-555-CD-SE1 of 21 June 1993 revising the common external tariff and laying down the procedural requirements of generalized preferential tariffs.The significant taxation and customs reform led to the simplification of customs tariffs and the reduc- tion of import tax pressure in 1999. Before then, customs tariffs knew a multitude of rates following tariff position.Henceforth Cameroon has a moderate tariff which meets the expectations of the international community in terms of trade and WTO rules. Today, the customs tariff in Cameroon consists of 4 rates corresponding to four categories of goods. It is quite easy to use both to the public services and economic operators.There are no longer prohibitive tariffs. Tariffs applied in Cameroon are those in force through the Customs Union of the 6 CEMAC member states. From 1st January 2001, Cameroon star- ted the application of transactional value encou- raged in the Marrakech Agreements.The premises of the one-stop shop for foreign trade transactions – GUCE in DoualaLES ATOUTS ECONOMIQUES DU CAMEROUN

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