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Customs Amendment /draft/ Proclamation



Proclamation No_______/2019

Customs Amendment Proclamation


Where as it becomes necessary to amend customs Proclamation 859/2014,

Now therefore, the following is proclaimed in accordance with article 55/1/ of the constitution of the Ethiopian Federal Democratic Republic.


1. Short Title

This proclamation may be cited as “Customs Amendment

Proclamation No-/2019”


2. Amendment


The customs proclamation No.859/2014 is amended as follows.

1/ Sub articles (49) ,(52),(54) and (55) of article 2 of the proclamation are  deleted and replaced respectively by the following  new Sub articles (49),(52),(54) and (55).

49) “Concealing Goods” shall mean an act of import or export of undeclared goods which are different from declared goods in kind, amount or size, measurement, Quality, Quantity, description and country of origin.

52) “Personal effects” means articles which a traveler may require for his personal use and the aggregate value or quality of which does not exceed the amounts laid down in directive issued by the Ministry of finance.

  • “Ministry or Minister” shall mean Ministry or Minister of Revenues.”


  • “Commission or Commissioner” shall mean customs Commission or

2/ The following new sub article (7) is added next to sub article (6) of article 10   of the proclamation.


7/ Notwithstanding the provisions under sub article (6) of article 7 of the proclamation, where the declarant cannot provide some of the documents necessary to accomplish customs formalities, the commissioner may allow the customs formality be accomplished without such documents being submitted to the customs  as the case may be.


3/ A new sub article (3) is added after sub article (2) of article 14 of the    proclamation.


  • Notwithstanding the provisions of sub articles (1) and (2) of article 14 of the

proclamation where goods of low risk are released and post clearance Audit is undertaken at the warehouse or business premise of the declarant, the commission may, with reasonable grounds, allow amendment of the declaration provided that the statements delivered thereunder are erroneous.

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Ethiopia to allow foreign nationals of Ethiopian origin to engage in insurance sector

ADDIS ABABA, July 27 (Xinhua) — The Ethiopian Council of Ministers on Saturday passed two draft bills that aimed to restructure the country’s existing business law governing insurance companies and microfinance institutions.

The decisions to amend the East African country’s existing business laws governing insurance companies and microfinance institutions were made in line with recent and ongoing “large-scale” reform measures in the sectors, the Ethiopian Prime Minister’s Office revealed in a statement on Saturday.

The draft bills, among other things, envisaged to allow foreign nationals of Ethiopian origin to engage in the financial sector as part of restructuring Ethiopia’s current laws on insurance and microfinance sectors, according to the Ethiopian PM’s office.

The decision on the draft bills, which were developed by the National Bank of Ethiopia and endorsed by the Ethiopian Council of Ministers on Saturday, were passed to the Ethiopian House of People’s Representatives, the Ethiopian parliament’s lower house, for final ratification, it was noted.