Porto, 23 July, 2013
Cotecna Portugal meets with major exporters to discuss Angola’s new PSI Scheme: REGIPE
“ANGOLA – new reality, new challenges”
Cotecna Portugal held conferences, in Porto and Lisbon, to clarify doubts about the recent changes to the export process to Angola since the implementation of Presidential Decree No. 63/13 which came into force on June 12, 2013. The events were attended by close to two hundred exporters, freight forwarders and other export agents.
The main objective of these sessions was to communicate the advantages of the voluntary Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) program and to answer questions with regards to the new business reality in Angola.
Fausto Campos, General Manager, Cotecna Portugal, presented the Cotecna Group and underlined the importance of the Angolan market for Portuguese exports, showing an increase of more than 600% between 2001 and 2012 (largest increase after China with +1300%). Angola is the first export market for Portugal outside the E.U.
Vasco Albuquerque, Operations Manager, Cotecna Portugal, explained the differences between the old Decree which ended on June 11, 2013 and the current one. He clarified doubts about the new voluntary PSI scheme (REGIPE – REGulamento de Inspecções Pré-Embarque) and highlighted the advantages of using PSI services: faster transfer of funds, verification of goods, Customs tariff classification and faster clearance, in order to minimize risk and to avoid unnecessary costs in Angola.
Beth Stearns, VP Contract Management, Cotecna Geneva, declared: "this kind of event is very important for Cotecna as it allows us to meet face to face with our customers, especially in this period of important changes."
The conference & cocktail events, held at the Palácio do Freixo in Porto and at the Pestana Palace in Lisbon, were highly praised by participants. Copies of the presentations are available on our Angola PSI webpage.
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Founded in Switzerland in 1974, the Cotecna group offers a wide range of Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC) services. Cotecna is a pioneer in areas such as risk management, destination inspection and scanner integration projects and also offers Customs modernization programmes, Customs valuation assistance, trade security solutions and commercial inspections. For a full description of our services, please visit www.cotecna.com. The Cotecna Group has a combined workforce of close to 4,000 employees and agents in more than 100 offices.