CAMEROON – Cameroonian Customs, the Bolloré Logistics group, and Kwipay Central Africa have partnered to establish a platform, Kiwigo, that would allow electronic clearance of goods and services bought from overseas.

This means that a person from Cameroon can now place a purchase order on Amazon and have it delivered to Cameroon using legal routes via Kiwigo.

The agreement between the Director General of Customs, the Director of Kiwipay Central Africa, the proprietor of the Kiwigo application, and the Gulf of Guinea Regional Director of Bolloré Transports and Logistics was signed in Yaoundé, Cameroun’s capital.

“Kiwigo will simply provide all Cameroonians with access to platforms such as Amazon, as well as services such as Uber. It helps you globalize your phone if you’re familiar with how Uber operates,” Director of Kiwipay Central Africa, Christophe Nicolas, said.

“For Food Delivery, we use the same program. There are people who can put their store online for free, with visibility, and with the ability for all customers to order from these stores via the Internet and pay with their mobile money account.”

Cameroonian Customs, for its part, will levy a single rate of customs duties and taxes over the entire spectrum of products available on Kiwigo’s worldwide marketplace. Regardless of the end consumer’s tax status in C, this rate is 44 percent of the package’s worth in FCFA.

 “meroon” is the project’s name. This rate, however, may be amended based on order history, product price progression on the worldwide market, or on the Kiwigo e-commerce site.

Bolloré Transport and Logistics is an authorised Customs Commissioner with Cameroonian Customs under a memorandum of understanding.

This arrangement, according to Serges Agnero, Regional Director of Bolloré Transports and Logistics for the Gulf of Guinea, would assist speed up the rest of the process while assuring traceability and security of procedures.

This comes two months after Bolloré acquired 5,000m2 warehousing space at the Nairobi Gate Industrial Park in Nairobi to accommodate its expanding Supply Chain activities.

The highly flexible ultra-modern warehouse allows Bolloré Transport & Logistics to accommodate the expanding requirements of its Contract Logistics clientele from the FMCG and Beverage industries.

Located on Nairobi’s Eastern Bypass, the warehouse is highly accessible and convenient with connectivity to key arterial roads, Jomo Kenyatta international airport and the inland container depot.

Modifications were also introduced for the warehouse to suit the requirements and be fully operational.

In addition to this new acquisition, Bolloré Transport & Logistics operates 161,277m2 warehousing space in Nairobi and Mombasa through ownership or long-term lease.

The Company provides both customs bonded and free value-added warehousing facilities for FMCG, Retail, manufacturing, and soft commodities such as tea and coffee, and the aid and relief sector.

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