Mon, 01 Jul, 2013 03:20:07 PM
Dhaka: With introducing ASYCUDA (Automated System for Custom Data) World at the Chittagong Customs House Monday, the country's customs department upgraded its data processing software to a world- class paperless regime, BSS reported.
Member for Customs, Bond, Export and IT and Director of the Project Md Nasir Uddin inaugurated the new system, which is expected to significantly decrease the processing time of trade data and eventually accelerate external trade and revenue.
Developed by United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), ASYCUDA World is a software programme, which will facilitate customs administrations and traders to handle most of their transactions - from customs declarations to cargo manifests and transit documents - via internet.
Currently 90 countries are using this system to make foreign trade simpler and cheaper while making international markets more accessible to enterprises from developing countries.
The software, which will be implemented at all customs houses in phases, will also enable customs houses process foreign trade more efficiently and timely.
Since the system will work on internet, the data and export-import related documents will be processed paperless and the users and service providers and receivers can use this system from their mobile phones and computers.
An official at the National Board of Revenue (NBR) said that ASYCUDA World is another step forward to comply with the conditions of World Trade Organisation (WTO) and World Customs Organisation (WCO) to fully automate the country's customs system.
The NBR in January this year signed a deal with the UNCTAD to establish interconnectivity among the country's 12 major customs houses for sharing data to check under-invoicing and duty evasion.
Under the agreement, an 18-month project including launching of ASYCUDA World will be completed by mid 2014.