New cus­toms sys­tem

The gov­ern­ment aims to have an au­to­mated cargo clear­ance sys­tem adopted by all cus­toms de­part­ments in Yangon in November.

The Myanmar Times - - Front Page - CHAN MYA HTWE chan­myahtwe@mm­times.com

THE gov­ern­ment aims to have an au­to­mated cargo clear­ance sys­tem adopted by all cus­toms de­part­ments in Yangon by November, be­fore pos­si­bly ex­tend­ing the pro­gram to the coun­try’s land bor­der points, an of­fi­cial has told The Myan­mar Times.

The Myan­mar Au­to­mated Cargo Clear­ance Sys­tem (MACCS) is be­ing rolled out be­tween Au­gust and Oc­to­ber, and will make mov­ing goods through cus­toms faster and the cus­toms process more ef­fec­tive, ac­cord­ing to MACCS di­rec­tor U Win Thant.

MACCS au­to­mates many of the pre­vi­ously man­ual pro­ce­dures that made nav­i­gat­ing cus­toms so time con­sum­ing.

Cus­toms of­fi­cials will no longer have to root around for the right form, be­cause the data will be en­tered into a com­puter. This will also make stor­ing, re­triev­ing and trans­fer­ring cus­toms information far eas­ier, U Win Thant said.

Traders will open a de­posit ac­count with the cus­toms de­part­ment and be taxed au­to­mat­i­cally. This means tax pay­ments can be pro­cessed even when the cus­toms de­part­ment is closed, he said.

Tax, fees and valuations will be en­tered and com­puted elec­tron­i­cally, re­duc­ing er­rors, added U Win Thant.

“Man­ual op­er­a­tions mean un­de­sir­able dif­fi­cul­ties and de­lays,” he said.

The fact that cus­toms pro­cesses are not yet au­to­mated causes prob­lems at­tract­ing foreign in­vestors, who will be more likely to en­gage with Myan­mar when the in­ter­na­tional stan­dard sys­tem is in place, he added.

Ex­porters, im­porters, and cus­toms and other gov­ern­ment agency rep­re­sen­ta­tives will also be able to ac­cess MACCS through the in­ter­net. The sys­tem is be­ing in­stalled by cus­toms ex­perts from Ja­pan and of­fi­cials from the Myan­mar cus­toms de­part­ment with help from the Ja­pan In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion Agency.

Yangon’s ports and air­ports will be the ear­li­est adopters, and the new sys­tem will only be ex­tended to bor­der trade cen­tres if Yangon-based op­er­a­tions go well, said U Win Thant.

Although there are plans to in­stall the sys­tem across Myan­mar, ini­tially at its largest bor­der trade points such as Myawady and Tachileik on the Thai bor­der and Muse on the bor­der with China, he added.

A faster cus­toms pro­ce­dure means goods and com­modi­ties reach mar­kets faster, mak­ing the trad­ing sec­tor more ef­fi­cient, he said.

The new sys­tem should also help Myan­mar meet its obli­ga­tion, as a mem­ber of the As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions (ASEAN), to im­ple­ment a sin­gle-win­dow sys­tem – al­low­ing traders to submit reg­u­la­tory pa­per­work through a sin­gle en­tity.

This na­tional sin­gle-win­dow is nec­es­sary to en­gage in the ASEAN Sin­gle Win­dow ini­tia­tive, which will con­nect and in­te­grate all the na­tion sin­gle-win­dows as part of a re­gional ef­fort to fa­cil­i­tate trade. – Trans­la­tion by Emoon and Thiri Min Htun

Photo: Nyan Zay Htet

The au­to­mated cargo clear­ance sys­tem will be adopted by ports in Yangon.

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