Exports: Togo

Togo’s 2012 EITI Report revealed lack of control and monitoring of mineral exports.

According to the EITI Report, phosphate exports from the state-owned Société Nationale de Phosphates de Togo (SNPT) were not overseen by the Customs Office. Only the company maintains data on the export of phosphate and no government agency can confirm the accuracy of this data. In addition, the EITI Report revealed that iron exports made by the company MM Mining are subject to payment of mining royalties postexports. This means that royalties were not due until the company had exported and reported on the quantity and value of the exports to Directorate General of Mines and Geology (DGMG). Taxes were then calculated and settled accordingly.

The 2012 EITI Report recommended that the legal framework regulating exports of mineral resources should foresee a procedure that engages both the Customs Office and DGMG to ensure that taxes and other dues are collected for the exported minerals. The procedure should include an export authorisation by DGMG before each export takes place. This authorisation should stipulate the mineral, quantity, price and export destination. The procedure could be enforced by the presence of a DGMG representative when the export takes place.

The government and Togo´s multi-stakeholder group have not yet considered this recommendation.