Minister of Internal Affairs processes first passport

Minister of Internal Affairs, Andrew Napuat processing the first passenger into the system. On the left is Manager of Customs Border and Enforcement, Mr Stanley Trief.

Vanuatu is the first country in the world to create a passenger processing module in the new Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA).

Minister of Finance and Economic Management, Gaetan Pikioune officially launched the module by opening the first ever flight from the system, NF61 from Noumea yesterday and Minister of Internal Affairs, Andrew Napuat processed the first passenger into the system.

As a border law enforcement agency dealing with compliance, trade rules and collection of duties, Vanuatu Customs has always struggled with the consistent application of relevant laws and the ease of applying compliance measures nationally to improve voluntary compliance, primarily due to lack of readily available information.

Vanuatu’s Manager of Customs Border and Enforcement, Stanley Trief said if the Passenger Processing Module is a success, then other countries can adapt into the same system.

“The new automated system has three advantages,” Mr Trief explained.

“Firstly, all controls made by the Border can finally be improved using the ASYCUDA, work can no longer be done manually but automatically. Second is facilitation, where the processing can run much faster and more efficiently.

“Lastly, data collecting can be done conveniently and easily. In the past, every data collecting is done manually which creates more work, today, with this new passenger processing system, work can be done more proficiently.”

Vanuatu Customs will be using the module to capture all offenses committed under the laws it administers, and to be able to easily issued administrative penalties of the offences committed.

Furthermore, the module will also be used as a case management database for all its investigations and an intelligence system.

ASYCUDA is a computerized management system covering most foreign trade procedures. The ASYCUDA software is designed by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.

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