SAG Supports Single Window Automated System for Gra

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In an effort to foster improvements in trading activities in Guyana, the Shipping Association of Guyana has been vigorously advocating for the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) to implement a single window for trade transactions in Guyana.  Head of the GRA, Khurshid Sattaur, said at a business meeting with exporters last May that funds were made available for the implementation the first stage of the intricate, fully computerised state-of-the-art Single Window Automated Processing System (SWAPS). The electronic system is expected bring significant benefits for both the GRA and the business owners who utilize the Customs’ services.

 

It is expected to be able to complete individual transactions from a single location, and to make the systems more flexible and accommodating. The date for implementation of SWAPS has not yet been disclosed. Similarly, it is not yet known how it will affect direct costs and fees but importers/exporters are anxiously awaiting its implementation.

From the production end, business owners expect that SWAPS will quicken the clearance of imported goods and processing of exports. This translates into faster transactions and predictable processes. It should also result in a concomitant increase in GRA’s revenues.