Iraqi Customs begins implementing the automation system “ASYCUDA” in the port of Umm Qasr

Iraqi Customs begins implementing the automation system “ASYCUDA” in the port of Umm Qasr

2024-03-03 05:15

Iraqi Customs begins implementing the automation system ASYCUDA in the port of Umm QasrShafaq News/ On Sunday, Iraqi Customs began implementing the Customs Automation and Modernization System (ASYCUDA) in the Grand Welcome Square in Umm Qasr Port, south of the country.

She said in a statement, received by Shafaq News Agency, that the Minister of Finance gave the signal to implement the program during a ceremony held in the Grand Welcome Square, attended by United Nations representative Nizar Amari, and a number of officials and heads of departments operating in the port.

The statement quoted the Minister of Finance in her speech as saying that implementing this system in the port of Umm Qasr comes within the strategic plan adopted by the government in the field of using modern techniques and technology, noting that implementing the automation system will achieve a set of goals, the most important of which are financial discipline, reducing errors and achieving efficiency. Effectiveness in using government resources, in addition to providing accurate data and information.

The Minister confirmed that this step is one of the steps that the government put in its curriculum and was adopted by the General Authority of Customs to apply technology and keep pace with the countries of the world.

For his part, the Director General of Customs, Counselor Hassan Al-Ugaili, said in his speech during the ceremony that the authority is committed to its duties, which revolve around three main axes, the first of which is facilitating legitimate trade and the axis of protection by implementing government decisions in the field of restriction and prevention, which provide protection for the consumer and society from the entry of prohibited materials, in addition to The collection and revenue axis, which will be controlled through the application of the customs modernization and automation system (ASYCUDA).

The Authority stated that it had previously implemented this program at Baghdad International Airport/Air Cargo Customs, stressing that steps are being accelerated to implement it in all regions, customs centers and the rest of its departments.

She added that the system of automating and modernizing customs through the application of the ASYCUDA program, which is in effect in more than (100) countries, which came after the signing of a partnership contract by the Ministry of Finance with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in 2021, where an international team was sent. A specialist from UNCTAD supervises the implementation of the program in cooperation with a work team from the Iraqi customs. Preparing the requirements for its implementation began, and the employees were trained to work on its management and gain experience from the international team, as well as introducing them to training workshops inside and outside Iraq.