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                 Les services du Guichet Unique des opérations du Commerce Extérieur - GUCE à Douala
founded, the departments of the Autonomous Port of Douala, the National Cocoa and Coffee Authority, a Phytosanitary Service of the Customs and the Treasury Departments, etc...
• Completion of all formalities related to import- export operations in a single place; and the edi- ting and distribution of the transaction reporting requirements for Cameroon's international mari- time traffic in collaboration with the administra- tions and operators concerned;
• Management of a computer system for the automation of procedures and maintenance of computer equipment;
• And more generally, all further or related ope- rations that may improve the effectiveness and efficiency of foreign trade procedures.
The One-Stop Shop for Foreign Trade Transactions brings:
• Softness in the processing of files and a drastic reduction in the time taken to exit and transit goods at the port of Douala;
• A certain easiness in the initiatives by shippers and economic operators, and simplification of procedures, as well as an economy of scale that would significantly reduce the costs of maritime transactions.
Besides the above mentioned stakeholders, part of the One-Stop Shop for Foreign Trade Transactions (GUCE) like MINFI (Ministry of Economy and Finance), MINCOMMERCE
(Ministry of Trade) and MINTRANS (Ministry of Transport) are form the public services.
Others come from organizations and professio- nal associations including:
n Autonomous Port of Douala
n The Chamber of Commerce, Industry
and Mines of Cameroon
n The Inter-Employers’ Group of Cameroon
n The Professional Group of Stevedores of Cameroon
n The Consignees and Ship-owners Union of Cameroon
n The Authorized Commissioners in Customs and Forwarders of Cameroon
n The Importers and Exporters Union of Cameroon
n The Cameroon Exporters Group
n The Professional Association of Credit
Institutions of Cameroon
n The Cameroon Association for Banana
n The Cameroon Importers Group
n The Cameroon Industrialists Union
n The National Union of Road Carriers of Cameroon
n The Association of Insurance Companies of Cameroon
n The Transport and Transit Auxiliaries Union. CUSTOMS CODE
The 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 started the application of transactional value encouraged in the Marrakech Agreements.

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