Friday, December 01, 2006

Automated Processing System to be Implemented by Customs

On December 4, 2006, The Customs Department in the British Virgin Islands will start using the Customs Automated Processing System (CAPS) to process incoming passengers at the Terrence B. Lettsome International airport as part of the project’s implementation stage.

Comptroller of Customs, Mr. Wade Smith says that the use of CAPS will offer several benefits to the BVI. First of all, it could improve Custom’s efficiency in declaration processing and performing compliance audits. Then, CAPS will provide a database for collecting statistics for development planning. And it goes without saying that the new system will increase revenue and improve protection of the BVI.

According to Project Director, Shaina Smith, the contract with IBM (International Business Machines) included the design, development and implementation of both software and hardware in co-operation with the Ministry of Finance, Customs and Information Systems Unit.

The Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport (Beef Island) situated 15 km from Road Town, Tortola, is the main airport serving the British Virgin Islands. So, now we can hope that both arrivals and departures from the BVI will take less time.

The Customs Automated Processing System is a business software solution developed by IBM that is used by customs administrations all over the world in order to computerise manual processes and to increase effectiveness and efficiency of the customs.

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