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  • Beginning October 1, 2015, the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) will be expanding the use of its Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA), a web-based application that allows clients to undertake e-transactions.
  • The expanded use will include the processing of Transit, Transshipment, Private and Public Bonded Warehousing declarations for commercial and non-commercial imports at select facilities, including the Port of Kingston.
  • Major Reese was speaking at the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce Customs Tariff and Port Users Committee’s 14th annual customs seminar, held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on September 24.

Beginning October 1, 2015, the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) will be expanding the use of its Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA), a web-based application that allows clients to undertake e-transactions.

Commissioner of the JCA, Major Richard Reese, says the expanded use will include the processing of Transit, Transshipment, Private and Public Bonded Warehousing declarations for commercial and non-commercial imports at select facilities, including the Port of Kingston.

Major Reese was speaking at the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce Customs Tariff and Port Users Committee’s 14th annual customs seminar, held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on September 24.

He informed that the JCA is now piloting the use of the ASYCUDA system in 10 private bonded warehouses, and that training in the use of ASYCUDA World have been provided to all Customs Brokers, Shipping Lines, Pilot staff and other government agencies.

ASYCUDA is expected to yield significant cost savings and improved service delivery. Under the system, most paper intensive Customs processes will be replaced with online procedures, which will enable the JCA’s clients, including customs brokers and shipping agencies, to undertake electronic transactions, including manifest submissions, declarations and payments.

These engagements are expected to simplify and standardise procedures for customers, reduce waiting time, provide more accurate and consistent tax calculations, and address revenue leakage through enhanced system controls and accountability.