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 island wide.
Since April 1 this year, the project has being 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 transshipment 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 manifests 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/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 (AEO) consignments continue to enjoy a one hour clearance time.
Major Reese, in commenting on Jamaica’s reduced ranking on the World Bank’s latest Logistics Performance Index (LPI), said that while the Index looked at all areas in the logistics chain covering air and sea travel, he expects that the use of ASYCUDA World will result in marked improvements in efficiency, as measured primarily by speed, simplicity and predictability of Customs operations, ultimately, positively impacting the country’s LPI ranking overtime.
The Customs dimension of the LPI encompasses more than procedures peculiar to the JCA as it also involves other agencies and entities providing various services at our ports.
Importantly, the integration of ASYCDA World and the Port Community System (PCS) will further enhance efficiency on the ports and has poised Jamaica to take greater advantage of the transshipment opportunities that will exist with the recent opening of the Panama Canal.
The Commissioner commended the ASYCUDA World Project team and JCA employees, for ensuring that the core processes of the project was fully completed within the requisite time-line.
He has also extended appreciation to the Customs Brokers fraternity, importers, exporters, port operators, partner agencies and all other stakeholders for their support.