Customs system in full swing

 The Customs Department yesterday held a ceremony to launch the Myanmar Automated Cargo Clearance System (MACCS) at the Chatrium Hotel in Yangon.

MACCS is a round-the-clock online cargo clearance system for goods at airports and ports, including the Thilawa Special Economic Zone.

Since July 2013, the Customs Department started implementing MACCS as part of the introduction of the Myanmar Customs Intelligent System to establish a "National Single Window", to ease the flow of trade, with a grant from the Japanese government.

“As a member of Asean and according to international pledges and for the smooth functioning of international trade, our country must establish an international-standard cargo clearance system. Similarly, we have to implement the national single window,” said Kyaw Htin, director general of the Customs Department.

MACCS is being implemented to enable the single window to the developed. The MACCS is developed with almost 4 billion yen (Ks45 billion) from Japan and over Ks5.8 billion from the Myanmar government, the director general added.

The department carried out running tests on the MACCS from August to October and it was fully introduced on November 12.