SLBS working towards Efficiencies in the Clearing of Goods.
The Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards is putting systems in place to promote improvements in trade to and from the island while ensuring its mandate to promote health and safety of consumers is maintained.
The SLBS has secured grant funding from the World Bank to participate in Asycuda World an automated system for customs data software. Asycuda World improves the efficiency and effectiveness of the work of customs and excise.
The SLBS plays a key role in the inspection of goods at the ports and it is expected with the new system a process of clearing of a consignment of goods which would typically take half a day, could be accomplished in mere minutes.
The phase of work now taking place involves the set up of a Risk Management Review Group which will consists of representatives of SLBS, SLASPA, customs, Ministries of Agriculture, Commerce, Health and External Affairs.
The use of risk management will promote leaner supply chains that minimize trade transactions costs, increase competitiveness, and promote regional co-operation in trade logistics.
The projected is being supported by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) an agency of the World Bank.