Norms and standards have been recognized for a long time as an essential
factor for trade facilitation and customs modernization. Indeed international
trade involves a large number of stakeholders in different countries, with
different cultures and using different languages and it is therefore essential
that all stakeholders exchange trade related data quickly and efficiently.
The need for a common and established data model is also key to smooth data
interchange between systems in an automated environment.
From the outset promoting and implementing such standards are among the
ASYCUDA programme’s main missions. As such it has participated for many years
in various working groups and organisations working on normalisation and is
particularly involved with the WCO working group on the Custom Data Model, that
has become simply Data Model after its opening to Other Governmental Agencies
The main objective of the WCO Data Model is to define a set of standardized
Data usable by both Customs Administration and trade operators, for electronic
data exchange within the Customs Clearance process (manifest, declarations …).
Version 3 of the data model is the latest release and its main objective is
to define a set of standardized Data usable by both Customs Administrations and
all trade operators, for electronic data exchange within the Customs Clearance
process (manifest, permits, customs declarations …).
The compatibility of the ASYCUDA system with the WCO Data Model was raised.
The detailed description of the ASYCUDA database, including cargo manifest, BLA/AWB,
customs declaration for import, export and suspense regimes was submitted to WCO
which has concluded that it complies with the WCO Data Model. The new e-documents
that shall be developed by UNCTAD in ASYCUDA, eg. Phytosanitary certificate, shall
be subjected to the same compliance mechanism.
The ASYCUDA system is perfectly able to communicate through XML Messages with all
systems that are compatible with the WCO data model.