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.
Jagath Wijeweera , Director General of Customs said the Customs operations will be fully online end of this month and trade to be ready to carry out operations online.
Sri Lanka Shippers’ Council the apex body for shippers together with ICT division of Sri Lanka Customs was instrumental in organizing an awareness seminar on March 1.
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, reported the Daily News.
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.
It was announced that Peoples 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 Peoples Bank’s payment platform.
Dinesh De Silva, Chairman, Shippers’ Council said that embracing these new facilities would help to move ahead as an industry, as a nation to be competitive among the region. He further emphasized 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 added that it’s a long journey and urged the industry to be committed for the new changes for the better of the industry.