The Cameroonian customs department collected US$ 990 m illion for the budget year 2009, up 7% on the previous year’s revenue, the Direc t or-General, Minette Libom Li Likeng, said on Wednesday.
She said customs revenues totalled 469 billion FCFA, which was more than the tar get of 468 billion FCFA.
Over the past few years the Cameroonian customs department has embarked on major reforms to modernize its operations, particularly the global positioning system (GPS) of go ods in transit, the data processing system, and container scanner which tracks down ill icit traffic.
“This process of modernization has brought the customs’ administration to change its methods of intervention and its professional culture,” said Li Likeng .
“In 2010, we are determined to go further in the area of facilitation, by reinforcing the efforts already under way. The priority is to improve the performance indicators,” she said.
The Cameroonian customs department has always been cited among the five most cor rupt sectors in the country.
Users criticize it for its slow administrative procedures which made the time of clearing of goods much longer.