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PNG Customs introduces web-based system

THE Manufacturers Council of PNG (MCPNG) has welcomed PNG Customs Services’ (PNGCS) recently introduced web-based system to facilitate the clearance of goods.
The PNGCS has recently introduced a web-based automated system for Customs data (ASYCUDA) in which stakeholders in the trade supply chain including shippers, freight forwarders, warehouse operators, excise manufacturers and customs brokers were also using the system to facilitate the clearance of goods.
According to PNGCS, all customs related transactions that include the reporting of cargo manifest, clearance of goods and payment of duties/taxes have all been automated.
MCPNG chief executive officer Chey Scovell said they were pleased with PNGCS continued work on trade facilitation in reducing costs and time of cross-border trade.
“MCPNG has been a proud partner in Papua New Guinea’s National Trade Facilitation Committee, in which we, with customs and other arms of state are working towards meeting our World Trade Organisation Trade Facilitation Agreement commitments,” Scovell said.
“This recent announcement from Customs, is a welcomed one.”
Scovell said MCPNG had noted the hard work and consultative processes of Customs to continually improve its systems and in this case making full use of information communication technology capability to reduce the time and cost for getting goods through our borders.
“MCPNG and our members, continues to await National Agriculture and Quarantine Inspection Authority to update its processes so that it removes the delays and increased costs which all are passed on to consumers.”
PNG Customs Services said to reduce bulky documentation, clearance time and minimise costs to the trading community, customs brokers were given the option to print payment receipts and another new option called a release order would be introduced.
It said upon payment and receipt generated, the broker would have the option to trigger the release order in the ASYCUDA system.
Having so, a system generated email would be sent to all parties associated with that particular consignment on which the payment was made. The parties referred to include the specific shippers, shed operators in which the consignments are being held, PNG Ports/terminal operators, National Agriculture and Quarantine Inspection Authority and customs officers at the respective offices.
Customs said awareness sessions on the release order process has been conducted in Port Moresby, Lae, Kokopo and Kavieng for all stakeholders and would be implemented on July 1.

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