15 August 2018 – The Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Transport and Communication today inaugurated the establishment of the Port Stakeholders Committee (PSC) and launched the ASYCUDA World System at APORTIL to mark another milestone in the fiscal reform process. The Minister of Transport and Communication officially installed the new Committee and launched the ASYCUDA World System at APORTIL. Present at the inauguration were members of the new Port Stakeholders Committee, the Fiscal Reform Commission, representatives of USAID, Customs Reform Program and UNCTAD, development partners providing technical assistance to reform customs.
The importance of establishing the PSC is to promote an integrated services methodology that enables all the stakeholders at the Port such as Customs, APORTIL, and Stevedores Companies, to work together in a more efficient manner which will enable better working practices and procedures to be established and implemented and achieve streamlined and efficient movement of containers through the Port area, from the day of arrival at the port to the day they exit the Port gates. The Port Stakeholders will now have the ability to discuss common issues like storage and congestion issues, plan solutions, and be able to implement a joint strategic plan to quickly rectify potential obstacles to the process.
The benefits to the trade and importers will be an improved system of container management and movement by all stakeholders, reduced delays in container removal from the Port, reduced clearance times which facilitates trade by reducing storage fees, lowers overheads for importing goods, confidence and clarity in the import process and goods available for resale sooner, promoting trade, planning and business projections.
ASYCUDA (Automated System for Customs Data) is a fully integrated Customs management information system that handles every step in the customs process, from pinpointing high-risk consignments for inspection to processing payments to release and delivery of the goods. The deployment of the ASYCUDA World system in APORTIL can greatly assist APORTIL in accounting for manifest and container information lodge by shipping agents prior to vessel arrival, during and after vessel departure electronically. At the moment, APORTIL accounts for vessels and their respective cargos manually which is a costly and time consuming method subject to errors.
The use of ASYCUDA World system will be beneficial to APORTIL as it will allow APORTIL to view information that shipping agents lodge to Customs about a vessel and its respective cargos electronically. The system can also provide APORTIL with accurate and timely statistics related to a vessel and its respective cargos and containers. This launch is a pre-cursor for a National Single Window, important to facilitate trade with ASEAN countries and CPLP members including meeting entry requirements into the WTO.
For further information, please contact: Cecilia Tilman Gonçalves, Fiscal Reform Commission,
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