JICA to Help Gov’t Modernise Customs Dept

The Myanmar Customs Department under the Ministry of Finance and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) are going to implement a technical cooperation project in a bid to modernise Myanmar’s customs and introduce an automated cargo clearance system.

With an expected rise in trade volume in near future, Myanmar Customs is trying to upgrade its decades-old customs clearance procedures and business process by introducing an automated cargo clearance and risk management system.

Under the project, the officials of Myanmar Customs will gain knowledge and skills to operate, maintain and manage Myanmar Automated Cargo Clearance System (MACCS/MCIS), JICA said in a statement.

JICA will dispatch three long-term experts and short term experts as needed, and the duration of the project will be four years.

JICA said necessary laws and regulations as well as security policy and mechanism for proper operation of MCIS will also be developed. In addition, capacities on tariff classification, customs valuation, post clearance audit and customs risk management will be strengthened with the MACCS, it added.

Both parties signed Record of Discussions (R/D) on the project – Capacity Development for National Single Window and Customs Modernization and Introducing Automated Cargo Clearance System – at the Myanmar Customs Office in Yangon. The agreement was signed by U Htun Thein, director general of Customs Department, and Masahiko Tanaka, chief representative of JICA Myanmar Office.

Source: Myanmar Business Today

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