Scaling up customs digitisation in the Pacific

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Keynote address
The topic I’ve been asked to speak on today is: Scaling up Customs Digitisation in the Pacific. Now, for me this suggests that there are two issues for us to consider - and the way in which they impact Pacific administrations:
•First, the digitisation of customs information
•And second, the scaling up of such digitisation.
Now, I think we’re all pretty clear about what digitisation is – it’s essentially the process of converting information from a physical format into a digital one. So for Customs it means:
•Replacing physical documents with electronic data
•Providing facilities for accepting e-documents such as manifests, bills of lading, air waybills, goods declarations, certificates of origin, and so on.
And of course the opportunity exists for all administrations to achieve this due to the ready availability of systems such as ASYCUDA World. In fact many OCO members have already been using such systems for quite some time...
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 06 Sept 2022
Event24th Oceania Customs Organisation (OCO) 2022 Annual Conference - Virtual, run from Suva, Suva, Fiji
Duration: 06 Sept 202206 Sept 2022 (Conference communique)


Conference24th Oceania Customs Organisation (OCO) 2022 Annual Conference
Abbreviated titleScaling up customs digitisation in the Pacific
OtherThe twenty-fourth (24th) Oceania Customs Organisation (OCO) Conference was
held on 6th September 2022, virtually for the third consecutive year due to
continued prevalence of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Conference adopted the
theme “Scaling Up Customs Digitisation in the Pacific” acknowledging the
need for Pacific Customs administrations to upgrade their systems and embrace
automation and technological advancement
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