ASYCUDA
  About the WCO Data model
April 2012

Norms and standards have been recognized for a long time as an essential factor for trade facilitation and customs modernization. Indeed international trade involves a large number of stakeholders in different countries, with different cultures and using different languages and it is therefore essential that all stakeholders exchange trade related data quickly and efficiently. The need for a common and established data model is also key to smooth data interchange between systems in an automated environment. 

From the outset promoting and implementing such standards are among the ASYCUDA programme’s main missions. As such it has participated for many years in various working groups and organisations working on normalisation and is particularly involved with the WCO working group on the Custom Data Model, that has become simply Data Model after its opening to Other Governmental Agencies (OGAs).  

The main objective of the WCO Data Model is to define a set of standardized Data usable by both Customs Administration and trade operators, for electronic data exchange within the Customs Clearance process (manifest, declarations …).

Version 3 of the data model is the latest release and its main objective is to define a set of standardized Data usable by both Customs Administrations and all trade operators, for electronic data exchange within the Customs Clearance process (manifest, permits, customs declarations …).  

The compatibility of the ASYCUDA system with the WCO Data Model was raised. The detailed description of the ASYCUDA database, including cargo manifest, BLA/AWB, customs declaration for import, export and suspense regimes was submitted to WCO which has concluded that it complies with the WCO Data Model. The new e-documents that shall be developed by UNCTAD in ASYCUDA, eg. Phytosanitary certificate, shall be subjected to the same compliance mechanism.  

The ASYCUDA system is perfectly able to communicate through XML Messages with all systems that are compatible with the WCO data model.