Customs Efficiencies

Project Updates as at 31 May, 2017

Status: Closed

  • This project has not progressed as expected. In light of significant developments, a proposal to terminate the project at this stage was approved by Cabinet, on the basis that the TRIPS system has proven to ultimately not be fit for purpose and was creating serious performance and security concerns.
  • The Ministry has received approval from Cabinet on 28 March 2017, on behalf of the Department, to replace the TRIPS system with an enhanced Customs Tariff Support System (CTSS) platform.
  • The implementation of the TRIPS system was the major key deliverable for the project and 2 of the 3 remaining deliverables were dependent on the implementation of TRIPS.
  • Prior to closing, the Department reported that it had achieved the following:
    • 70% implementation of TRIPs, which meant that the system was being used by all major sections of the Department and the quality of statistical data made available to the Economics and Statistics Department had improved as all of tariff codes could be accommodated.
    • Online submissions for up to 70% of Cargo Declaration details via the trader portal in TRIPS. This enabled the department more time to focus on compliance and enforcement activities.
    • The implementation of Paperless Customs Cargo Declaration Processing was 25% complete.
    • Implementation of a new organizational structure, which has led to a more efficient deployment of resources.

Project Updates as at 30 November, 2016

Status: Project Execution

The programme of Customs efficiencies (PSI15) has continued to move forward. While the focus of the project remains the achievement of process efficiencies and service improvements through the implementation of a new IT system (Total Integrated Revenue Processing System-TRIPS), the Collector of Customs has also implemented a new organisational structure for the Department, to facilitate the more efficient deployment of resources in order to improve the Department’s overall performance. The project has also improved the quality of the statistical data provided to the Economics and Statistics Office, because the new system can now accommodate all of the tariff codes prescribed in the Customs Traffic Law (2015 Revision). Work towards Paperless Customs Cargo Declaration Processing continues, and the Department is working to complete an interface for supporting documents to be received electronically by Q2 of 2017.


Project Updates as at 25 May, 2016

Relevant EY Recommendations:
55 – Customs Efficiencies

PROJECTS ASSIGNED TO: MINISTRY OF FINANCE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Minister: Hon. Marco Archer

Project Sponsor: Mr. Ken Jefferson, Chief Officer

Overview (taken from Cabinet’s Project Future Programme Brief): Customs are currently working on improving efficiencies and performance, in areas such as improvements in enforcement and the implementation of a new IT system called TRIPS (Total Revenue Integrated Processing System). This is being introduced in several modules stages including electronic processing (online), risk analysis and electronic content management. Additional opportunities such as Kiosks for self-assessment of customs payments and introducing a paperless customs process will also be considered.

Status: In Project Execution.   

Ministry/Portfolio Update:

  • Seventy percent (70%) of the Total Revenue Integrated Revenue System (TRIPS) modules have been implemented and are being used.  This system is being used in all major sections of the Department including Collections, In-Bond (Bonded Warehousing), Owen Roberts International Airport, Enforcement (Intelligence, Fraud, Narcotics) and Accounts.
  • Since the implementation of TRIPS, the quality of statistical data made available to the Economic and Statistics Office has improved.
  • Seventy percent (70%) of Cargo Declaration details entered into TRIPS are being submitted online via the trader portal.   Since online submission started, internal data entry activity has been reduced, allowing the Customs Department more time to focus on compliance and enforcement activities. Consequently, the Customs Department is now better prepared and positioned to execute selective inspections because electronic risk assessment is being done by TRIPS. This has improved our enforcement capabilities.
  • The progress towards Paperless Customs Cargo Declaration Processing is twenty five percent (25%) complete.   As indicated earlier, the Department has been receiving cargo declaration details online through the trader portal.   The interface to allow for supporting documents to be received electronically is currently being tested.
  • The recommendation for Kiosks for self-assessment of customs payments is still being considered but is unlikely to be adopted because of the inherent revenue risks associated with such a system.
  • By 31 December 2016, the Collector of Customs will implement a new organizational structure for the Department which will facilitate the more efficient deployment of resources in order to improve the Department’s overall performance.