Customs continues to improve efficiency

Customs House Weekly

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

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In 2017, Jamaica become the first country to adopt and implement the latest version of the International Air Transport Association's (IATA's) Cargo-XML messaging standards (manifest file format), for the submission of advanced air cargo information.

This move to adopt IATA's Cargo-XML Standards resulted from collaboration among the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA), IATA and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, which integrates IATA's Cargo-XML messaging standards into ASYCUDA World, the automated customs management system.

The integration of Cargo-XML in ASYCUDA World standardises electronic communication between airlines and Customs authorities using the programme. IATA's Cargo-XML messaging standards are emerging as the preferred standard for electronic communication among industry stakeholders such as airlines, shippers, freight forwarders, customs, security and regulatory agencies worldwide.

The new Cargo-XML messaging standards will make it easier for airlines, freight forwarders and shippers to ensure that the information being provided to Jamaica Customs is of high quality, technically correct, and in line with the standards of industry bodies such as the World Customs Organisation. It will also reduce message duplication and simplify communication across the supply chain.

The implementation of IATA's Cargo XML standards is a critical step towards assisting the country in meeting its international obligations, improving cargo security, modernising Customs procedures, and fostering participation in global commerce through advance electronic data submission for air cargo shipments. This will further improve the risk management capabilities and operational efficiency of the agency.

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