The Customs Department is reminding its stakeholders that they must register in the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) World, which it will be implementing on September 1, the BGIS reports. To be registered in the system, all trade stakeholders, including anyone importing or exporting, carriers, carrier agents, consolidators and brokers, should visit asycuda.customs.gov.bb, go to the Downloads tab, click on Documentation, and then User Access Application Form. According to an official at Customs, users must download the form and print it, paying special attention to the requirements outlined.
The completed form must be taken to the ASYCUDA World Project Implementation Unit, Barbados Port Inc. Building, University Row, St. Michael, from Monday to Friday, between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. For further information on the registration process, persons may contact the ASYCUDA World Project Implementation Unit by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the Customs Department at 535-8700.
Meanwhile, Acting Comptroller of Customs, Alister Forde, said the project activities were steadily progressing the implementation of the ASYCUDA World system was on track for September 1.
Mr. Forde said “We will have a robust system which allows for Customs information to be accessed and submitted well in advance. Electronically, we will have faster clearance times at our ports of entry, and this is important because facilitating legitimate trade equates to a flexible and encouraging business and trade environment.”
The Acting Comptroller noted that this upgrade was the beginning of several others to come. “We have been receiving recommendations from individuals and companies andalso umbrella associations such as the Shipping Association, the brokers associations, Transit Intermediary of Barbados and the Barbados Chamber of Commerce,” he disclosed.
Stakeholders are being encouraged to access the training server and simulate their business activities in an effort to iron out possible issues that may be encountered before the official launch.
“The ASYCUDA World system has been tailored to allow for greater engagement, accountability and transparency, so make best use of the tools provided, for example, the declaration tracker, tariff calculator and the warehouse management feature,” he said.
He invited stakeholders to visit the portal asycuda.customs.gov.bb, where news items, and information videos will be posted.