LRA Launches Paperless Customs Declaration To Reduce Clearing Period
As part of efforts to ease customs transactions and enhance transparent payment processing, the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) will on Friday, March 16, 2018 launch the Centralized Customs Declaration Processing System.
The new system, when switched on, will become assessable to the public to declare and process goods declarations in a paperless environment and reduce clearing periods.
“The aim of the LRA is to enable importers clear goods from customs ports within at least five hours to a maximum 3 days,” Customs Commissioner Saa Saamoi said. The structure will enable the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) to be available online through the internet while payment notices to declarants and releases to terminal operators will be automated.
The Centralized Customs Declaration Processing System is intended eliminate all supporting customs clearings activities and promote electronic transmission through the use of the “Query and Amendment” portal in ASYCUDA for declaration of all queries pertaining to goods declarations.
LRA Compliance Officers (previously Assessors) will now operate the system from to the LRA Headquarters in Paynesville as there will no longer exist human interface between Customs Brokers and the officers during customs related transactions.
Customs Commissioner Saamoi said as the LRA gradually moves into modern customs administration, there will be a significant reduction in challenges and paper works importers go through to clear their goods.
The LRA has already and continues to provide awareness through workshops with stakeholders, public service announcements and talk shows, among others.