VoA on 13th January reported that landlocked Chad and the Central African Republic have dispatched senior customs officials to Cameroon to look into allegations of corruption in the Atlantic Coast port of Douala.  Importers complain of high levels of corruption, red tape and overpriced services are driving them away from one of Africa’s largest harbours.  An example is quoted where, to take a car out, an importer needs no fewer than 25 stamps before paying $2,000 to customs officials for a 5- to 10-year-old car. Removing a car from the port at times takes 2 to 3 weeks.  More than 2,000 containers are said to have been stuck in Douala for the past 2 months.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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