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In order to facilitate the upgrade to ASYCUDA World for September 1, 2019, the Customs Department will be closed for business on Friday, August 30, to allow officers to receive briefings and assist with the transition.

The public is advised, however, that Customs Terminal 1, at the Grantley Adams International Airport, Christ Church and the Bridgetown Cruise Terminal will remain open.

The Customs Department has apologized for any inconvenience this closure may cause and has asked members of the public to organize their business accordingly.

As part of its ongoing modernization exercise, the Customs and Excise Department is upgrading its current electronic system ASYCUDA++ to the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) World, which is a more modern, robust and business friendly version.  

ASYCUDA World is a computerized customs management system which covers trade procedures.  It handles XML messaging, customs declarations, accounting procedures, transit, suspense procedures and directly transmits information for the Advanced Cargo Information System (ACIS) and the Barbados Port Inc.’s system. ASYCUDA generates trade data that can be used for statistical economic analysis and allows for customs administrations to electronically manage their processes and procedures more efficiently.


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