29/10/2014 Customs Procedures Workshop Takes Off to Support the Implementation of the ASEAN Customs Transit System (ACTS)

28-29 October 2014
Jakarta, Indonesia

Harmonised and mutually agreed Customs procedures for the movement transit cargo will be the cornerstone for the successful implementation of the ASEAN Customs Transit System (ACTS).  The intention is to facilitate the transport of goods by road in ASEAN, while maintaining Customs controls to protect Government revenue and society. In view of the importance of these procedures, the EU-ARISE technical assistance programme organised a two-day workshop on ACTS Customs Procedures.  The workshop took place in Jakarta, Indonesia on 28 and 29 October 2014, with the aim of developing the Customs procedures for ACTS.  An equally important objective of the workshop is also to extend the common understanding among Member States of the implications and the particular issues at national level relating to the introduction of ACTS.

The workshop was attended by the ACTS pilot countries, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand and several other AMS including Philippines, Indonesia, Lao PDR and Cambodia,  focused on the core procedures of transit with the objective of reducing complexity, time taken and cost.  The procedures discussed included Declaration Acceptance Procedures, Declaration Control Procedures, Departure Processes, Arrival Processes and Process at Office of Transit and Destination.  Another important outcome of the workshop was the need to establish a structured risk management programme for ACTS at departure, transit and destination. The proposals made during the two-day workshop will be considered for incorporation into the ACTS software development by the appointed contractor.

The successful implementation of the ACTS will need the support and cooperation of all the related stakeholders including the government agencies and the private sector.  Pilot testing of the ACTS pilot system will start in May 2016 and run for 6 months.  The ACTS will not only reduce cost and time taken to transit goods by road in ASEAN but also expected to act as a catalyst to implement the ASEAN transport agreements. 

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