The new ASYCUDA system at Customs

first_imgDear Editor,Please allow me some space to highlight the frustrations of the new Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) system that was introduced in December by GRA. While the intent of the system is good, its implementation and monitoring are sadly lacking. Importers are facing delays and demurrage while not being able to turn over their merchandise.First, without sufficient and necessary education, the system was introduced during the height of the peak season as people were clearing goods. There still is a lot of ignorance, among importers about the system and that is equally matched by the level of arrogance by the GRA bosses.Secondly is the requirement for a manifest number and manifest validation. Before ASYCUDA, an importer could have filed his documents with GRA a week before the ship arrived. That gave the importer sufficient time to have these documents lodged, processed to deal with any queries and finalise the payment of duty and vat. As soon as the ship arrived that importer could then clear the goods. The new system requires that the importer obtain the manifest number, which is only available a day or two before the ship arrives. Then there is a manifest validation which is only available when the ship actually arrives. Only then can the documents be submitted online. When they are submitted then the flags come up. These flags could be documentation, assessment or post-audit. Thus the goods are here while the documents are then being processed. Herein lies the frustration.GRA has not been listening. While the ASYCUDA system allows for online and immediate processing, the issue comes when the flags are raised. What is needed is for the system to allow the ASYCUDA to accept the filing without validation thus, giving the importer a couple of days before the ship arrives so as to clarify queries.In the interest of an improvement in the doing business, I urge GRA to seriously consider listening to the brokers and importers.Yours sincerely,Manzoor Nadirlast_img read more

It will take all 11 players to stop Messi – Caballero

first_imgChelsea v Barcelona It will take all 11 players to stop Messi – Caballero Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent 09:48 2/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Willy Caballero Getty Images Chelsea v Barcelona Chelsea Lionel Messi UEFA Champions League Barcelona Premier League The Blues stopper will be on the bench against the Catalan giants but he offered advice on how to stop his compatriot in Tuesday’s game Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero won’t play against Barcelona on Tuesday, but he still offered his advice on how to stop his countryman Lionel Messi.The Blues go into their huge last-16 first-leg tie with renewed confidence after winning their last two games, but will still rank as underdogs against Spain’s leading side. AdChoices广告The 36-year-old goalkeeper found himself on the winning side against Barcelona while lining up for Manchester City in the Champions League group stage last season, and offered his advice for stopping Messi and Co.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “He’s unpredictable. When you are watching a game on TV the commentator might say, ‘He’s going to do this or that’ but the reality is he is capable of doing things even better or faster or more unpredictable than people think,” Caballero said after his saved penalty helped Chelsea to a 4-0 win over Hull City in the FA Cup fifth round at Stamford Bridge. “It is very hard work to control him but it doesn’t come down to a goalkeeper but the whole team. It is the coach who will decide how to plan for the game. Moreover, having players like Pedro or Cesc [Fabreas] who have played there [at Barcelona] we don’t need to discuss too much their style.”Without doubt for those of us that have played in La Liga we know more than enough about this team, it goes without saying what this team can do.”It doesn’t matter if they change players or coaches, their way of playing remains the same, but it also means the way of causing them problems remains the same.”It’s just a memory [beating Barca with Man City] and for sure I will be on the bench come Tuesday so maybe I can tell them what it’s like to beat Barca.”last_img read more