JCA reports significant ASYCUDA compliance

THE Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) is reporting significant stakeholder compliance with its Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) world system since its full implementation in April.

ASYCUDA is a web-based system designed to transform the JCA to a paperless operation through the use of electronic documents.

Commissioner of Customs Major (Ret’d) Richard Reese says the JCA has partnered with customs brokers to ensure that transactions are seamless.

He also assured that a majority of the system variations that were detected following ASYCUDA’s implementation have been rectified.

Major Reese further advised that the JCA was designing additional operational and administrative regimes for ASYCUDA which will be rolled out shortly.

He was addressing a Kiwanis Club of Dwntown Kingston meeting at Hotel Four Seasons on Monday.

ASYCUDA has been implemented at all major ports of entry in Kingston and Montego Bay, St James, as well as at the Ocho Rios pier in St Ann, Falmouth pier in Trelawny and Boscobel International Airport in St Mary.

The platform is capable of interfacing with other government and non-government information technology systems, thereby facilitating electronic applications for permits and licences.

Automation of the parcel post system is an additional feature of the ASYCUDA, which will improve the system’s capability for e-commerce.

The overall benefits include a simplified procedure for customers, reduced waiting time, more accurate and consistent tax calculation, and safeguarding of the country’s revenue.

In the meantime, the agency is set to launch a Trade Single Electronic Window, which will allow customers to apply and pay for permits and licences electronically.

Major Reese said the system will facilitate the processing and electronic transfer of applications to the agency.

He said it will also enable importers or traders to use a single portal to inform themselves about various commodities that require permits.

“Therefore, there should be no reason for one to have a permit breach because you have (the) information before you import,” he explained.