This procedure is now to be handled through the Lesotho National Single Window (LNSW) from 27 June 2022 and is a fully electronic process.
To make an application, an applicant must first be registered with the LNSW. Information regarding the process to register and its requirements can be found at the Lesotho National Single Window portal.
The LNSW is the national system that manages all trade related authorisations. It is the one location from where applications can be made for all types of permits, certificates and licenses required for the import, export and transit of goods in Lesotho, including those for VAT exemption and Customs duty rebate. As an electronic system, the LNSW receives a single application and directs it to all involved responsible agencies for their processing.
An applicant can track the progress of their applications through the LNSW and do not need to physically visit the offices of the agencies involved. Where payment is required, this can also be made either at the Agencies cashier office or by attaching evidence of bank deposit. In the near future, payments shall be possible fully electronic through the LNSW without need to visit banks or the involved agencies.
Upon issue, the permit reference number need only be referenced when making a Customs declaration in ASYCUDA World and there is no need to attach a scanned image of the permit as was previously required with paper-based permits.
The diagram below describes the application process steps for the above-mentioned permit on LNSW.