Home / / Full implementation of Sri Lanka Custom’s ASYCUDA World system becoming a reality

Full implementation of Sri Lanka Custom’s ASYCUDA World system becoming a reality


Comments / 5617 Views / Monday, 11 March 2013 00:00


ASYCUDA World (AW) full implementation is becoming a reality and Sri Lanka Customs is now in the final stages of automating its processes to ensure that the trade is facilitated to the maximum with no operational delays at a minimal cost. The ASYCUDA World system is now being fully implemented for both imports and exports trades.
Delivering his opening remarks, Director General of Customs Jagath Wijeweera declared that the Customs operations would be fully online by 31 March 2013 and called on the trade to be ready to carry out operations online.

The Sri Lanka Shippers’ Council, the apex body for shippers, together with the ICT division of Sri Lanka Customs, was instrumental in organising an awareness seminar on 1 March 2013. During the seminar, detailed information of the process and the concept of the operating system were presented. Areas covered  were from keying in customs declaration up to the end of the operation. Some of the main areas were the progress and problems of AW connectivity to the ASYCUDA World related issues, SLPA manifest requirements and limiting the errors, e-payments, implementation of the manifest, import/export cargo examination and boat note passing and import/Export CusDec submission and limiting input errors.
The participants covering importers, exporters, freight forwarders, shipping lines, banks and other customs and port users were able to discuss issues and operational problems during the panel discussion.
The expert panel comprised of Dr. Tharaka Mahaulpatha, D.A.D.T.D. Pragnaratne, Sudattha Silva, Ismail, Jayawardena of Sri Lanka Customs, Upul Jinadasa, SAGT, Janaka Munasinghe, SriLankan Airlines, Datta Gunasekera, Sri Lanka Ports Authority, Luxamana Perera, Bank of Ceylon, and A.S.M.W. Kumarasiri, People’s Bank.
It was announced that People’s Bank too has established the facility with Customs for online payment similar to Bank of Ceylon. People’s Bank is also in the process of facilitating other banks to connect Sri Lanka Customs through People’s Bank’s payment platform.   Speaking at the seminar Shippers’ Council Chairman Dinesh De Silva explained the importance of embracing these new facilities to move ahead as an industry, as a nation to be competitive among the region. 
He emphasised that in today’s business, trade needs to do the work efficiently and safely as time is money. Therefore doing transactions online is essential to achieve the advantage from automation which ultimately is a cost saving for every business. He finally stated that it had been a long journey and urged the industry to be committed to the new changes for the betterment of the industry.


Share This Article


COMMENTS

Today's Columnists

From 8 January to 17 August and after: The Mahinda Movement and the future of Sinhala nationalism

29 August 2015

Mahinda Rajapaksa The Mahinda Movement hoped for, believed in and fought determinedly for a victory at the 17 August election, but beneath the rousing nationalist romanticism there was always a tougher-minded realisation that what...


When winners lose out to runners-up

28 August 2015

Now it looks as if the next two years at least will be a much more but still compromised benevolent oligarchy in which ‘national government’ means precious little in terms of accountability to the people   ...


The fallen king?

27 August 2015

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa   After a double whammy of electoral defeats this year, will spoiler-in-chief be the only role left for Mahinda Rajapaksa to play on the political stage? The small village of...


13 August 2015: A day we knew nothing much about!

27 August 2015

For us Sri Lankans, many a destiny would have changed for better or worse on 17 August. That day most certainly has left an indelible mark on this year’s calendar and we may have not yet stopped discussing what happened or what did...


Columnists More