URA Rolls Out Automated System for Customs Data

approved geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>ASYCUDA is an acronym for Automated System for Customs Data.

The web-based system, according to URA officials, is “more secure and robust.”

Kagina said ASYCUDA World can as well be accessed from anywhere in the world provided one has internet access and supports paper-less declaration processing via use of scanned documents.

The system also supports interfacing with OGAs (Other Government Agencies) such as NDA, UNBS, Uganda Coffee Development Authority, Civil Aviation Authority, thereby providing a platform for implementing a Single-Window environment.

In 2011 URA decided to upgrade from Asycuda++ to Asycuda World in order to respond to the ever-changing business needs.

Piloting of the system commenced in November 2012 at the Jinja Customs office before being rolled out to other stations.

Officials said ASYCUDA World will save clearance time since its web based thus easing the clearance process which will in the long run encourages voluntary compliance.

Observers say the upgrade of the tax body’s technology is a huge step forward in improving management of records and statistical reporting which facilitates government planning.


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