A. General Information

1. Title

Customs data exchange between Tajikistan and Afghanistan

2. Status of the project
3. Implementation period of the project/service:
5. Geographical coverage
Participating countries: Afghanistan, Tajikistan
6. Participating agencies/entities of the project/service:
a. Development stage
Lead agencies/entities
UNCTAD UN Economic Commission for Europe The World Bank
Other participating agencies/entities
b. Operational stage
Lead agencies/entities (op)
UNCTAD, UN Economic Commission for Europe ,The World Bank
Other participating agencies/entities (op)
7. Main stakeholders/beneficiaries of the project
Traders (big enterprises)
Traders (SMEs)
Customs brokers
8. Business process category of the project
Regulatory/official control

B. Lessons Learned

9. Summary description of the project/service
a. Objective(s)

The exchange of Customs data between the neighboring Customs Administrations (C2C, Customs to Customs) plays an important role in facilitating regional transit/legitimate trade, combating smuggling and drugs trafficking, and solving other topical problems.The outputs of the current Customs Modernization Project in Afghanistan, assisted by UNCTAD, can multiplied through establishing efficient Customs data exchange between Afghanistan and Tajikistan, where serious work has been done on developing a Single Window solution for trade facilitation and streamlining trade procedures.

Using the declared intention of the two countries to work on these issues, the project was launched to electronic exchange customs data between customs administration of Tajikistan and Afghanistan aimed at effective implementation of secure transit corridors, facilitation of legitimate trade, higher quality advance information exchange and better risk management.

b. Business need for the project (background)

To control high volume cross border operations, to better manage risks, effectively exchange reliable information.

c. Business process covered*

The organization of data exchange in real time

Ensuring interoperability of information systems of UAIS and ASYCUDAWorld

The use of modern IT solutions (XML messages, web services)

Harmonization of data exchanged formats in accordance with international standards

Full consideration of information security and privacy.

d. Overall architecture and functionalities*

e. Relevant document/figure
10. Documents and data exchanged via the project

Exchange of customs data (Import/Export, transit, enforcement)

11. Data models/databases, proprietary solutions, hybrid approaches
12. Main challenges faced during the project
13. Lessons learned from the project
14. Main benefit(s) of the project
Enhanced regulatory compliance*
Transaction Cost savings*
Transaction Time savings
Simplified process
14A. Elaborations/detailed description on benefits gained

Improved Control

Trade facilitation and supply chain security

Better environment for regional transit

Formation of Regional transit corridor

Gradual involvement of other agencies to cross border data exchange in the Single Window format

15. Technical/financial/capacity building/other assistance

The project was conducted with the assistance of the WB.

16. Future plan for expansion of the project

Involvement of other countries in the region to the project (Pakistan, Iran)

Formation of regional transit corridors

Promote regional integration

17. Other information or relevant references on the project
18. Relevant document regarding the project

C. Relevant Standards

20. Electronic message standard
20A. Electronic message standard supporting the project
WCO Data Model:
20B. Type of standard for electronic message applied for the project
Technical recommendations from international body(ies)
21. Technical communication standard
21A. Technical communication standard supporting the project
21B. Type of technical communication standard applied for the project
22. Security-related standards*
22A. Security-related standard supporting the project
VPN (Virtual Private Network)
22B. Type of security-related standard applied for the project
Technical recommendations from international body(ies)
23. Other Technical Information
23A. Interface developed for data exchange with an internal system
23B. Other technical implementation information