ASYCUDA is a computerised customs management system which covers
foreign trade procedures. The system handles manifests and customs
declarations, accounting procedures, transit and suspense procedures.
ASYCUDA generates trade data that can be used for statistical economic analysis.
The ASYCUDA software is developed in Geneva by UNCTAD. It operates on micro in a client server environment under
UNIX and DOS operating systems and RDBMS Software.
ASYCUDA takes into account the international codes and standards developed by ISO (International Organisation for
Standardisation), WCO (World Customs Organization) and the United Nations.
ASYCUDA can be configured to suit the national characteristics of individual Customs regimes, National Tariff,
ASYCUDA provides for Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) between traders and Customs using EDIFACT (Electronic Data
Interchange for Administration, Commerce and Transport) rules.
In 1981 UNCTAD received a request from
the secretariat of the Economic Community of Western African States
assist in the compilation of foreign trade statistics in their member
States. After an initial evaluation it became quickly apparent that
this would require the involvement of Customs clearance offices, and the modernization of Customs
clearance procedures, to achieve quality
Taking advantage of advances in computer
technology (the Personal Computer had at that time matured to be
considered as a business tool) UNCTAD proposed to develop a Customs
software system which would be modular, adaptable and configurable so
could be used in difficult environments requiring only a small number
of trained maintenance staff.
This proposal was received with a lot of skepticism considering that
many countries used mainframes system with on-site specialized computer
to support them. Despite that UNCTAD succeeded with the assistance of
some member States to develop such a system, which is now commonly
its name ASYCUDA.
ASYCUDA was originally developed on micro computers which were
extremely limited by today's standards. In order to implement a complex
in a multi user environment on such a platform a technical solution had
to be applied which stretched the capacity of these machines to their
However, over the years capacity and performance of micro computers
have rapidly improved and major revisions of the ASYCUDA software have
led to a
very stable and highly reliable system. In addition, a porting to the
UNIX operating system has broadened the choice of suitable hardware
include also a number of mini computers.
In order to benefit from the latest innovations in information
technology (IT) the ASYCUDA Technical Development and Implementation
unit (ATDI) has
designed and developed ASYCUDA++ which uses object oriented tools in a
client/server architecture and is based on a relational data base
system (RDBMS). This version has been ported to a wide range of both
Intel and risc-based platforms.
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