Georgetown, Monday May 7, 2018: The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) had issued notices based on discussions with stakeholders on the need for submission of electronic manifests for the implementation of the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) World.
ASYCUDA World has commenced in a phased approach with the E-Manifest module, and requires electronic data to facilitate faster processing and clearance of goods. Shipping lines and local agents were engaged in discussions and notified of the requirement to submit electronic manifests in a prescribed format with effect from March 1, 2018. This must be submitted at least twenty-four (24) hours before the arrival of the vessel in Guyana.
However, many shipping lines have not been forthcoming with the required submissions and have requested additional time for various reasons. The GRA wishes to remind all stakeholders that non-submission of the required documentation could result in delays to the timely processing and release of goods.
Notwithstanding the above, the Commissioner-General has approved for the cut-off date to be extended to May 13, 2018. After this date, the required electronic documents must be submitted as there will be no further extensions.
Submission of electronic manifests is mandatory under the provisions of the Customs (Amendment) Regulations 2017 and Section 67 of the Customs Act, Chapter 82:01. Carriers, Carriers’ Agents and Consolidators who did not receive the Manifest training are advised to contact the ASYCUDA World National Project Team in an effort to facilitate the relevant training.
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