The ASYCUDA programme is directed at reforming the Customs clearance process, and has the following aims:
To speed up Customs clearance through the introducing computerization and simplifying procedures, thereby minimizing administrative costs to the business community and the economies of countries.
To increase Customs revenue – which is often the major contributor to national budgets¬ – by ensuring that all goods are declared, that duty/tax calculations are correct and that duty/exemptions, preference regimes, etc. are correctly applied and managed
To produce reliable and timely trade and fiscal statistics to assist in the economic planning process as a by-product of the Customs clearance process.
An important objective of ASYCUDA projects is to implement the systems as efficiently as possible with a full transfer of know-how to national Customs administrations at the lowest possible cost for countries and donors. Projects also introduce international standards, including UN/EDIFACT, and the active cooperation among ASYCUDA user countries further increases mutual benefits.
is a computerized Customs-management system that covers most foreign trade procedures. The system handles manifests and Customs declarations, accounting procedures, and warehousing manifest and suspense procedures. It generates detailed information about foreign trade transactions that can be used for economic analysis and planning.
software operates on various types of hardware in a client/server environment. Transaction and control data are stored on a relational data base management system. It takes into account all international codes and standards relevant to customs processing as established by ISO, WCO and the United Nations. ASYCUDA
can be configured to suit national characteristics such as individual Customs regimes, national tariffs, Customs regulations and legislation, and after the initial configuration it remains fully flexible so as to adapt to any changing Customs regimes, regulations and legislation. It also provides for electronic data interchange between traders and customs administrations using UN/EDIFACT rules.
implementation strategy has been developed to respond to the challenge represented by such a complex reform programme. It aims to ensure the full transfer of know-how in order to ensure national long-term sustainability. At the same time it requires strong national commitment at all levels and it provides for continuous progress evaluation. Project activities are carried out in the following three phases: