Written by Staff Writer
13 Jan, 2016 | 9:08 pm
Sri Lanka Customs has announced that importers and exporters of the private sector will be able to use the single-window system model beginning next week.
Sri Lanka Customs uses a web based software named “ASYCUDA” in the single-window system model, which was launched earlier this month and is recommended by the UN Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business.
The single-window system is a trade facilitation idea. Therefore, the implementation of a single-window system enables international (cross-border) traders to submit regulatory documents at a single location or single entity. Such documents are typically customs declarations, applications for import and export permits, and other supporting documents such as certificates of origin and trading invoices.
Director General of Customs, Chulananda Perera, stated that traders will benefit from cutting down on unnecessary delays and cumbersome procedures. He added that there will be faster clearance and predictable rules in expedition and applications. He went on to note that the internal processes would be updated and customs officers would undergo training.
CEO and Secretary General of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, Mangala P. B. Yapa, stated that this process is an enabler since it helps to import, add value and re-export in the future. He added that they are heading towards signing the Trade Facilitation Agreement with the WTO and thereafter strengthen other areas.
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