Palestinian border technology could improve flow of goods


Palestinian border technology could improve flow of goods

Rebecca Thomson

An online system might improve the flow of goods into the West Bank after the Palestinian customs authorities upgraded the technology running the process.

The West Bank is subject to stringent border controls, affecting the amount of goods getting into the Palestinian territory.

The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) developed a system called Asycuda World.

Asycuda World is used by 80 countries worldwide and tracks goods going in and out of the area. Officials hope it will speed up transactions and lower costs for Palestinian exporters and importers.

It will speed up the process by enabling customs officials and companies to process customs declarations electronically without having to visit customs offices.

UNCTAD also said the software, which is the final part of an upgrade of Palestinian customs' system, will reduce fraud and smuggling and provide better data to inform public policy.

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