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September 5th, 2011- On Thursday, September 1st last the Aruba Customs held a presentation of the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) for private sector stakeholders, such as customs brokers and other importers. ASYCUDA is a computerized customs management system designed by UNCTAD to assist customs authorities all over the world to automate and control their core processes. This system takes into account the international codes and standards developed by ISO (International Organization for Standardization), WCO (World Customs Organization) and the United Nations. It also generates trade data that can be used for statistical economic analysisand which can support government projections and planning.

The Aruba Customs Department has already used the ASYCUDA version 2 in the early 1990’s, but since 2008 replaced this with another system. According to Aruba’s Finance Minister, Mr. Mike de Meza, the government is open to a new and more modern automated environment, especially if it brings more transparency, but a technical feasibility study is required beforehand to assess which system best suits Aruba’s needs and what the costs involved are going to be.

Click here to view the ASYCUDA presentation in Aruba.