- Published: Thursday, 30 October 2014 09:32
Unlike other ASYCUDA countries in the Pacific, Vanuatu Customs applies a risk approach to data entry and Customs declarations submitted via the Customs Computerised system, ASYCUDA.
What this means is that unlike other Pacific countries, airlines, shipping lines and freight forwarders submit their cargo manifests directly into ASYCUDA, without any Customs intervention. In addition to this, no paper manifests are submitted to Customs. Furthermore to this, unlike other Pacific countries, Customs Brokers and Importers have self assessment access in ASYCUDA, meaning they can assess their entries from the comfort of their offices 24hrs a day without any Customs intervention.
You may ask, why does Customs allow this ‘free’ access to ASYCUDA? The answer is simple, we don’t have enough resources (both human resource and financial resource), to check everything that enters and leave our borders. We therefore have to work smarter, not necessarily harder.