Few takers for Customs automation system
Senior official wants more importers to use ASYCUDA:
The use of the automated cargo clearance facility is at a low level,
a senior Customs official said. “It is important to make maximum use of
the ASYCUDA (Automated System for Customs Data) system introduced by the
Sri Lanka Customs to enable electronic submission of customs clearance,”
“We encourage the business community to use this facility when
submitting Custom declarations, Sri Lanka Customs ICT Director Ajantha
Dias told a seminar on e-Customs - Awareness on Trade Facilitation
through Technology held at the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.
“There are over 50,000 registered importers in the country and only a
small percentage use the automated system. The automation of Customs
continued for the past three decades with an upgrading in 1999 and the
system is moving towards the next stage. The Custom information is
shared and exchanged with Inland Revenue, Department of Motor Vehicle
Registration, The Treasury and Sri Lanka Standards Institute.
“It is necessary to become a 100 percent electronic submission system
in the near future in keeping with the development in the world trade.
The facility of Direct Trader Input (DTI) should be used for the
advantage of the business community as it is a hassle free procurement
procedure,” Dias said.
The system will avoid duplication of effort and high cost involved.
However, it is necessary to avoid errors arising from the copying/keying
process and delays due to work backlogs with data entry. The benefits of
this system are many as the declarant with DTI access may prepare, check
and print declarations and forward the same. It provides a quick service
for clients with low cost, freedom to work outside of Customs normal
hours of business, reduce travelling, delays and queues at Customs. The
declarants have easy access to own declaration data held within the
Customs require the traders to prepare a document that fully
describes their transactions. This declaration was originally prepared
and processed as a paper document.
With the introduction of the electronic system, the details were then
keyed into a computer.