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1 © UNCTAD

2 2 ASYCUDA Overview … a summary of the objectives of ASYCUDA implementation projects and features of the software for the Customs computer system.

3 © UNCTAD ASYCUDA ++ is a computer program developed by UNCTAD as a Customs automatic data processing system. ASYCUDA was developed in the interests of facilitating international trade and so assist economic development. The reliance of national revenue on the collection of duties and taxes, and accurate trade statistics, is a strong incentive for the introduction of computers to Customs. ASYCUDA ++

4 © UNCTAD …. however, technology is only a part solution to trade facilitation issues. Many problems experienced by countries are partly the result of inefficient or complex Customs procedures and documentary requirements. ASYCUDA ++ In implementing ASYCUDA UNCTAD encourages the adoption of new procedures and concepts.

5 © UNCTAD ASYCUDA ++ UNCTADs objective is simply that the country obtains the maximum possible benefit from the implementation of ASYCUDA by: - Meeting the countrys own national objectives; and Achieving trade facilitation through standardisation and simplification. UNCTADs objective is simply that the country obtains the maximum possible benefit from the implementation of ASYCUDA by: - Meeting the countrys own national objectives; and Achieving trade facilitation through standardisation and simplification. ObjectivesObjectives

6 © UNCTAD ASYCUDA ++ In implementing a major project such as ASYCUDA, there are many factors critical to success. Effective computer software is an essential component, but other contributing factors are of equal importance…

7 © UNCTAD ASYCUDA ++ Facilities and Equipment ASYCUDA ++ Software Government & Management Support Project Management And Technical Skills

8 © UNCTAD ASYCUDA ++ All components are essential for the complete success of an ASYCUDA Implementation Project. Visible support by all levels of the National Administration. Skills in Project Management, Information Technology and modern Customs control methods. Suitable infrastructure, including office facilities and equipment. Effective and flexible Customs software, such as ASYCUDA ++.

9 © UNCTAD Management support means that a high level commitment is needed to see that: - Adequate human and material resources are allocated to support both implementation and long term operations under new procedures. Any necessary legislative changes are supported and promptly introduced, to allow for new procedures. ASYCUDA ++ Management Support

10 © UNCTAD Changing to new processing methods often means that fundamental changes to organisational structures are needed. Changes mean that new skills are required and staff will need training for new levels of responsibility. ASYCUDA ++ Management Support

11 © UNCTAD The task of the Project Management Team is to ensure effective implementation by linking the Project Objectives to the Government and Customs strategies. ASYCUDA ++ Project Management Skills transfer is an important part of any Project: - Technical expertise in Information Technology; Technical expertise in Information Technology; Modern Customs management techniques; and Modern Customs management techniques; and Project management skills Project management skills Skills transfer is an important part of any Project: - Technical expertise in Information Technology; Technical expertise in Information Technology; Modern Customs management techniques; and Modern Customs management techniques; and Project management skills Project management skills

12 © UNCTAD The final design and set up of the system to meet national requirements is done by the national team, who are usually regular Customs staff. The team is also responsible for the procedural changes, local training and implementation. This is done following training and with the advice and guidance of the Project Experts. ASYCUDA ++ Project Management

13 © UNCTAD ASYCUDA ++ Project Management Project management methodology, quality controls and documentation standards are the responsibility of Project Management. System Sustainability is the key objective! Through training and skills transfer the national team will learn and do much of the work in the implementation.

14 © UNCTAD The introduction of computers means more than just hardware purchase and installation. Major works are frequently needed at office installation sites. The provision of communications facilities and changes to office layouts (to accommodate new processes) are often the cause of project delays – if not allowed for in the planning process. ASYCUDA ++ Facilities and Equipment

15 © UNCTAD An incidental but very significant benefit of process change and the adoption of automatic data processing is the improvement in facilities and the working environment of the staff. ASYCUDA ++ Facilities and Equipment

16 © UNCTAD A computer system for: Customs Control Duty and tax collection Accurate trade statistics - by using and producing information and data ASYCUDA ++ ASYCUDA ++ Objectives

17 © UNCTAD ASYCUDA information or data sources include: - Laws, regulations and policies, of Customs and other agencies Commercial sources - industry and trade Customs records and intelligence gathering operations Using and producing.. Information or Data ASYCUDA ++

18 © UNCTAD The system uses or provides information on: - Restrictions, prohibitions National tax regimes Concessions, exemptions Customs procedures and controls Advisory information is made easily accessible to staff and traders Information or Data 1. Laws and Policies

19 © UNCTAD Commercial data or information is received from: - Traders (importers and exporters) Customs brokers/agents Carriers, transport companies Port and airport authorities Information or Data 2. Commercial Data

20 © UNCTAD ASYCUDA assists Customs Administrations in collecting, analysing and using information from: - External intelligence sources, such as industry information and from the public Inspection reporting; risk measurement procedures and selective examinations Database analysis Management information systems; audit activities Information or Data 3. Customs Sources

21 © UNCTAD ASYCUDA provides data validation and security: Consistency checking of Customs declarations International standard data codes Checks using acceptable unit value range comparisons Full selectivity and profiling options Integrity of data storage and transaction details Customs Controls

22 © UNCTAD Flexible and reliable tax calculation mechanisms Easy to set up for any tax situation Record full details of duties forgone through concessions and relief schemes Simple updates and maintenance Fully integrated with cashier and accounting Duty & Tax Collection

23 © UNCTAD ASYCUDA ++ collects and stores complete data for national statistics: - Standard report formats for quick response to data extraction requests Flexible: data downloadable to PC databases for sorting and reporting SQL query for routine reporting Data security Trade Statistics

24 © UNCTAD ASYCUDA ++ ASYCUDA ++ User interface ASYCUDA ++ Modules See also the presentations on: - Direct Trader Input (DTI)


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