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  • The Government is implementing three key initiatives aimed at significantly changing the way trade transactions are conducted in Jamaica.
  • These three key initiatives are the Customs Management System – Automated Systems for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) World, the Port Community System and e-Trade, that is, the Government’s online trade facilitation system.
  • Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton said when combined, these three trade facilitation reforms will transform the interface between the business community and government.

The Government is implementing three key initiatives aimed at significantly changing the way trade transactions are conducted in Jamaica.

These three key initiatives are the Customs Management System – Automated Systems for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) World, the Port Community System and e-Trade, that is, the Government’s online trade facilitation system.

Speaking at the Jamaica Customs Agency Bi-Annual Information Exposition at Newport East in Kingston on January 29, Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton said when combined, these three trade facilitation reforms will transform the interface between the business community and government.

“They will improve and make the process easier for the export and import of goods which is largely due not just to the automated processes but also to the overhaul of the business flow processes,” he said.

Mr. Hylton noted that the ASYCUDA system is already in its pilot stage with selected exporters and customs brokers since December 2014.

He added that this will significantly improve Customs management, reposition Jamaica among its international business partners and signal to the world that the country is serious about doing business.

The Minister further noted that the Port Community System has been re-scoped to take into account the existence and capabilities of the ASYCUDA system and as such, now focuses on business-to-business services.

“I am confident that with the other modules building on what the ASYCUDA system has started, Jamaica’s trade facilitation mechanisms will be revolutionized and the experience of importers and exporters will be transformed,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mr. Hylton said the establishment of a Single Electronic Window environment will integrate the Port Community System and ASYCUDA World, as well as the other electronic systems of the various governmental authorities involved in regulating trade.

He noted that as a part of these efforts, a business process review of all trade related agencies was recently completed by a team comprising the Cabinet Office, e-Gov Limited, Jamaica Customs Agency, the Trade Board Limited, and the Bureau of Standards.

He added that so far, several decisions have been undertaken following the business process review.

In addition, Mr. Hylton said e-Gov Limited will continue with the upgrading and integrating of electronic systems across Government entities involved in facilitating trade.

“This integration of our trade facilitation systems will not only have a positive impact on Jamaica’s competitiveness, but also fits within the overall government strategy to automate Business-to-Government and Government-to- Government processes,” he said.

These programmes are being implemented by the Government in collaboration with the private sector.

The Information Exposition formed part of Customs Week 2015and was held in celebration of International Customs Day (January 26). It was held under the theme: “Coordinated Border Management – An Inclusive Approach to Connecting Stakeholders.”

Each year the Jamaica Customs Agency celebrates International Customs Day with the World Customs Organization and 179 Customs Administration.

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