2ASYCUDA Overview… a summary of the objectives of ASYCUDA implementation projects and features of the software for the Customs computer system.
3ASYCUDA++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.
4ASYCUDA++…. 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.In implementing ASYCUDA UNCTAD encourages the adoption of new procedures and concepts.
5Objectives UNCTAD’s objective is simply that the ASYCUDA++ObjectivesUNCTAD’s objective is simply that thecountry obtains the maximum possiblebenefit from the implementation ofASYCUDA by: -Meeting the country’s own national objectives; andAchieving trade facilitation through standardisation and simplification.
6In implementing a major project such as ASYCUDA, there are many factors critical to success.Effective computer softwareis an essential component, butother contributing factorsare of equal importance…
8All components are essential for the complete success of an ASYCUDA ImplementationProject.ASYCUDA++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++.
9ASYCUDA++Management SupportManagement 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.
10ASYCUDA++Management SupportChanging 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.
11ASYCUDA++Project ManagementThe task of the Project Management Team is to ensure effective implementation by linking the Project Objectives to the Government and Customs strategies.Skills transfer is an important part of any Project: -Technical expertise in Information Technology;Modern Customs management techniques; andProject management skills
12ASYCUDA++Project ManagementThe 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.
13ASYCUDA++Project ManagementProject management methodology, quality controls and documentation standards are the responsibility of Project Management.Through training and skills transfer the national team will learn and do much of the work in the implementation.System Sustainability is the key objective!
14Facilities and Equipment ASYCUDA++Facilities and EquipmentThe 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.
15Facilities and Equipment ASYCUDA++Facilities and EquipmentAn 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.
16ASYCUDA++ Objectives A computer system for: Customs Control Duty and tax collectionAccurate trade statistics- by using and producing information and data
17Using and producing.. Information or Data ASYCUDA++Using and producing.. Information or DataASYCUDA information or data sources include: -Laws, regulations and policies, of Customs and other agenciesCommercial sources - industry and tradeCustoms records and intelligence gathering operations
181. Laws and Policies The system uses or provides information on: - Information or Data1. Laws and PoliciesThe system uses or provides information on: -Restrictions, prohibitionsNational tax regimesConcessions, exemptionsCustoms procedures and controlsAdvisory information is made easily accessible to staff and traders
192. Commercial Data Commercial data or information is received from: - Information or Data2. Commercial DataCommercial data or information is received from: -Traders (importers and exporters)Customs brokers/agentsCarriers, transport companiesPort and airport authorities
203. Customs Sources Information or Data ASYCUDA assists Customs Administrations in collecting, analysing and using information from: -External intelligence sources, such as industry information and from the publicInspection reporting; risk measurement procedures and selective examinationsDatabase analysisManagement information systems; audit activities
21Customs Controls ASYCUDA provides data validation and security: Consistency checking of Customs declarationsInternational standard data codesChecks using acceptable unit value range comparisonsFull selectivity and profiling optionsIntegrity of data storage and transaction details
22Duty & Tax Collection Flexible and reliable tax calculation mechanisms Easy to set up for any tax situationRecord full details of duties forgone through concessions and relief schemesSimple updates and maintenanceFully integrated with cashier and accounting
23Trade StatisticsASYCUDA++ collects and stores complete data for national statistics: -Standard report formats for quick response to data extraction requestsFlexible: data downloadable to PC databases for sorting and reportingSQL query for routine reportingData security
24See also the presentations on: - ASYCUDA++ASYCUDA++ User interfaceASYCUDA ++ ModulesDirect Trader Input (DTI)