The ASYCUDA Programme works to reform customs clearance processes and aims to:
- Accelerate customs clearance via computerization and by simplifying procedures, thereby minimizing administrative costs to the business community and the economies of countries
- Increase customs revenue – 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
- 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 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 utilise harmonized international standards, such as UN/EDIFACT, whilst simultaneously leading to active and mutually-beneficial cooperation among ASYCUDA user countries.
is a computerized customs-management system that covers most foreign trade procedures. The system handles manifest 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 can be used on multiple types of hardware in a client/server environment. Transaction and control data are stored in a relational database management system. It takes into account all international codes and standards relevant to customs processing as established by the ISO, WCO and UN. ASYCUDA
can be configured to suit national characteristics such as: individual customs regimes; national tariffs; customs regulations and legislation; and after initial configuration remains fully adaptable 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 deliver the full transfer of know-how to ensure national long-term sustainability. At the same time it requires strong national commitment at all levels and involves continuous progress evaluation. Project activities are carried out in the following three phases: