TCU Officers are now able to monitor passenger movements across Vanuatu borders, their visas and their passport details.
“In the past TCU usually requests this information from the Statistics Office (NSO) and it can take up to weeks for NSO to provide this information. With this access, TCU are now able to access this data from the comfort of their offices with a click of a button”
TCU confirmed that talks are already in place to link the Passenger Module with the Interpol system used by the Police to target persons of interest.
Similar connections between ASYCUDA and Interpol have been achieved in some African countries.
ASYCUDA is a computerized customs management system, which covers most foreign trade procedures. The system handles manifests and customs declarations, accounting procedures, transit and suspense procedures.
The ASYCUDA system has been installed in over 80 countries in the World.
The ASYCUDA++ implementation project in Vanuatu was funded in 1999 by AusAid and Vanuatu was one of three countries of the Pacific to use the ASYCUDA system to process its first cargo clearances on 29th September 1999.