The Antigua and Barbuda Marine Association (ABMA) has been informed by the Antigua and Barbuda Department of Customs and Excise that it is now testing SailClear as the new customs clearing software into Antigua and Barbuda.
Sailclear is an online system to clear in and out of port and is already being used across most of the Eastern Caribbean as well as the Turks and Caicos, Bermuda, Curacao and the Dominican Republic.
With Antigua now adopting this system, it will make the process of clearing in and out of Antigua faster for those boats cruising around the region and moving from island to island.
The system is operated by CCLEC, the Caribbean Customs Law Enforcement Agency, an intergovernmental organization which was established in the early 1970s to improve the level of co-operation and the exchange of information between and among its members. Currently, CCLEC has thirty-nine (39) members, regional and metropolitan, who share a common vision and mission.
The mission of CCLEC is to upgrade the effectiveness and efficiency of its
member Customs administrations in pursuing their mandates, through cooperation, sharing of best practices, human resource development, modernization, automation, harmonization of processes and procedures and information/intelligence sharing.
Mr., Raju Boddu, Head of Customs said, ‘We are requesting agents and individuals clearing in and out of Antigua test SailClear and let us know of any concerns. This is to enable us to iron out the wrinkles before going live with the new system prior to the start of the season’.
For more information about SailClear please check their website www.sailclear.com.
For more information about the ABMA please visit www.abma.ag.