ICF is working with the Government of Burkina Faso and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry to improve customs administration in the country. The initiative involves establishment of an electronic data exchange system, establishment of a single window for pre-clearance which will integrate all the stakeholders involved in the import and export of goods, reduction of the number of documents, and streamlining of procedures.
The project is expected to increase transparency in the process of issuing documents necessary for the import and export of goods. The time it takes to go through the customs pre-clearance process will be reduced from 15 days to 3 days. The number of documents required for importing will be reduced from 10 to 7, and for export from 10 to 3. A single point of entry for documents required for pre-clearance will be established, integrating 7 government agencies, 5 private sector agencies, 10 banks and 5 insurance companies.