Falmouth, 'Ochi' piers join Customs’ e-based system


July 11, 2016
Major Richard Reese

The Ocho Rios Pier in St Ann and Falmouth Pier in Trelawny are the latest ports to benefit from full implementation of the Automated System for Customs Data - ASYCUDA World - by the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA), as the entity continues to roll out its electronic based system at its satellite offices islandwide.

Since April 1 this year, the project has been fully implemented at the major ports of entry in Kingston and St James.

Other satellite offices to benefit from the full implementation of ASYCUDA World by the end of July 2016 are Port Royal, Kingston, Ian Flemming International Airport, St Mary, Black River, St Elizabeth and Mandeville, Manchester. Parcels Post (Central Sorting Office), Kingston, duty-free shops at the major international airports, and trans-shipment zones will also benefit from the implementation of ASYCUDA World.

All private passenger aircrafts and small fishing vessels will also be incorporated in the use of this e-based system.

ASYCUDA World has significantly transformed the JCA's businesses processes in several areas, including the submission of manifestos and declarations, payment of duties and taxes, and facilitating e-based risk assessment, coordinated inspections, the release of cargo and performance management and reporting, particularly as it pertains to data retrieval and analysis by the agency.

CEO and Commissioner of the JCA, Major (Re'td) Richard Reese has expressed full confidence in ASYCUDA World, which, he said, will promote better risk assessment and management, facilitate faster clearance of cargo, and significantly reduce and, ultimately, eliminate revenue leakage.

"ASYCUDA has played and will continue to play a significant role in ensuring that the Government receives what is due as the system's capacity to assign, for instance, correct tariff codes to goods, as well as to accurately undertake fees, tax and duty calculations will reduce error, which is more likely in a paper-intensive environment," he pointed out.

Since April this year, ASYCUDA World has significantly reduced clearance time by more than 50 per cent for low-risk commercial consignments. The average time from payment and selectivity to processing of documents and release of cargo has been reduced from 54 hours to 26 hours.

Authorised Economic Operators consignments continue to enjoy a one hour clearance time.

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