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Electronic customs system implemented at two more piers

Published:Monday | July 11, 2016 | 7:40 AM

An electronic-based customs system has been implemented at two more piers – the Ocho Rios Pier in St Ann and Falmouth Pier in Trelawny.

The Jamaica Customs Agency is modernising its functions through the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA). 

Since April 1 this year, the project has been fully implemented at the major ports of entry in Kingston and St James.

Other satellite offices to benefit from the full implementation of ASYCUDA are Port Royal, Kingston; Ian Flemming International Airport, St Mary; Black River, St Elizabeth and Mandeville, Manchester.

The Central Sorting Office in Kingston, duty free shops at the major international airports and trans-shipment zones will also benefit from the implementation of the electronic customs system.

All private passenger aircrafts and small fishing vessels will also be incorporated in the use of this e-based system. 

The Customs Agency says since April, the electronic system has reportedly reduced clearance time by more than 50 per cent for low risk commercial consignments.

It says the average time from payment and selectivity to processing of documents and release of cargo has been reduced from 54 hours to 26 hours.