The Online payment was officially launch on Friday 28 June 2019, and for the first time ever, an online payment was made from an importer via the BRED BillPay facility directly into the ASYCUDA system.
The commitment of Customs and BRED to making this happen, saw Vanuatu becoming the first ever Pacific Island country to implement the Online Payment facility between a Commercial Bank and its Customs system.
“Only a couple of ASYCUDA countries in Asia are also using the same e-payment framework. Besides already being able to lodge Declarations online, Traders and Customs Brokers in Vanuatu are now able to do Payments online, print their Receipts online and obtain their Release Orders online.”
This is basically the entire Customs process now fully automated online in Vanuatu.
This latest development also means that Customs is the only Government Department using real-time e-payment between its system and a Commercial Bank. It may also be one of the limited number of entities, both private and public, in Vanuatu who have achieved such a milestone.
This facility can also be used by Traders and Brokers to top up on their Customs prepaid accounts without having to physically visit a Customs Office to do so. Furthermore, with the current development of the Vanuatu electronic Single Window (VeSW) System, Traders will witness this facility being extended to receive payment for the other agencies connected to the VeSW System.