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ASYCUDA means Automated System for Customs Data and has the objective of streamlining the operations of Customs clearance and reducing the needs of human intervention. The ASYCUDA World System takes into account the International Codes and Standard developed by ISO (International Organization for Standardization). The ASYCUDA System helps to make revenue collection more efficient, furthermore reduce both the clearing time and administrative burden on the trading community. It also generates trade data that can be used for statistical economics analysis.

Seychelles Revenue Commission is currently using the ASYCUDA World and the benefits of the system to Customs Division are:
  • Trade facilitation and shorter clearance time of imported goods:
    The system can manage all type of procedures, such as import and export, as well as other Customs regimes taking into account international codes, norms and standards. The shipping agents can upload electronic manifest online to enable the automatic release of manifest upon discharge of goods.

  • Enhance communication between Customs and other stakeholders:
    It provides for the exchange of electronic data between Customs and other stakeholders such as banks and other government agencies.

  • Introduction of E-Signature:
    The Clearing Agent can electronically sign a Bill of Entry declaration online with scanned supporting documents.

  • Less paper work transaction:
    With ASYCUDA World, Customs and trader’s transactions can be handled via the internet. It eliminates the needs to carry paper during commercial transactions because once the declaration has been registered into the Customs server together with supporting documents that can be electronically attached, the processing can start immediately, hence providing a faster clearing time.
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Direct Traders Input (DTI)
Direct Trader Input (DTI) is the term used in situations where the Agent/importer is responsible for the input of the declarations to the Customs system and this may be done by direct connection to the ASYCUDA (Automated System for Customs Data) ++ Server using a DTI software. DTI is widely used in the Customs administration in most developed countries and it is the accepted mechanism by which most declarations are received.

Direct Traders Input Holders are traders who have been authorised by Customs to perform data entry of customs declarations from their computers using DTI software. The following are the responsibilities of the DTI Holders:
  • To follow all Customs declarations procedures.
  • To ensure that all necessary declaration information is correctly inserted on the declaration form. A computer-generated declaration is the legal document for the clearance of goods at Customs, thus has legal implication biding the DTI holders to declaration made.
  • To ensure that the right code is entered on the related declaration form. Customs Procedures Code (CPC) have been integrated into the ASYCUDA and it is designed to ease the input of information.
  • To ensure that the computer-generated declaration form has been signed and delivered to o appropriate Customs Office with the relevant supporting documents and that any taxes due are paid.
  • To provide Customs with true and complete information when required.
  • To attend the training sessions provided by Customs. The training involves familiarising DTI holders on the international standard requirement.
  • To contact the Query Office at Customs to ensure appropriate amendments are made when DTI holders are awarded of making errors that declarations form contains possible errors.
Customs Classification of Goods
Customs classification is an international method used by Customs Division to classify goods or commodities being traded in by various businesses and individuals. It is based on the World Customs Organisation (WCO) Harmonised Commodity Description and Coding System or HS. Goods are classified using an eight digit code or HS code at national level that determines the rate of tax applicable to the item being imported. The HS codes are available in the Harmonised Tariff Nomenclature published by the Ministry of Finance.

The structure of the harmonized system is universal, for the purpose of description and classification of goods. It was created in 1988, soon after it was adopted by countries. The Harmonized System is based on a six digit code at international level and countries using the HS can extend the number of digits to suit their national requirements. Seychelles has opted to use an eight digit code. This permit the country to add what is known as “national split” to facilitate the classification of specific items particularly those of an economic importance. Furthermore, it also facilitates Customs to create and assign rates of duty in any required categories for all classification.

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