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Contact: Amanda-Faye Clarke


Wednesday, December 2, 2009 –  Plans are running full steam ahead for the introduction of the revised web-based Automated System for Customs Data, ASYCUDA World.


Assistant Comptroller of Customs, Nigel Edwin, says the new system which will replace ASYCUDA ++ ( plus-plus) currently being used by the Customs and Excise Department, will bring all major local stakeholders of trade and commerce in one central location. This he says will enhance global communication and information sharing.


ASYCUDA World,  he says, will simplify and reduce transaction costs by linking the trade supply chain through the electronic release of goods.


“For example, if someone requires an income license, they would need to submit an application, go to the ministry of commerce and wait a couple days sometimes then submit the same invoice  that they already submitted to customs to the ministry.  ASYCUDA World is going to allow a single submission of that invoice that is attached to the declaration. The new system will also allow for the  application of an import license,” Edwin said.


The pilot ASYCUDA World is to commence at the end of January, 2010, with formal implementation by June, 2010.

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