São Tomé and Príncipe: Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA)
The Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) aimed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of customs services as well as to monitor legal trade. The project, rolled out through the São Tomé Customs Authority, was implemented from September 2014 to July 2016 and was targeted at customs administration, producers and businesses.
The project included the development of modern customs systems in the form of a single window of operation, and the training of customs officials.
The Bank’s Investment
The African Development Bank Group supported the project with a grant facility of CAD 638,660. The Bank’s support to ASYCUDA consisted of the establishment of an automated customs clearance system which saw the upgrade and integration of customs services into the newly developed ASYCUDA.
The project also saw the training of 126 customs officials.
Economic and social benefits
The new single window for customs operations led to significant reduction in trading time and costs. This ultimately facilitated trade flows across São Tomé and Príncipe borders. Eighteen (18) paper documents were eliminated through the single window operation.