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Customs boss says concerns raised by brokers being addressed

Published:Monday | June 6, 2016 | 6:18 AM
Commissioner of the Jamaica Customs Agency, Major Richard Reese told the Jamaica Information Service that the Customs agency is in dialogue with the stakeholders.

The Commissioner of the Jamaica Customs Agency, Major Richard Reese, says the agency is addressing concerns raised by customs brokers about an automated system meant to make it easier to do business. 

The customs brokers have complained of not being able to properly view to permits, licences, invoices or other required document uploaded to Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) World.

The customs boss says when that happens, the original document is needed for verification which defeats the purpose of going paperless. 

However, Major Reese told the Jamaica Information Service that the Customs agency is in dialogue with the stakeholders. 

Meanwhile, the Commissioner says about $87 million is expected to be saved once the ASYCUDA World has been fully implemented.

He says the savings will directly benefit the customs brokers and importers who would normally have to pay to complete much of the paperwork associated with the clearing of goods. 

The automated system is being implemented with through a US$4 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank.