Joint Border Management System

Customs and the Ministry for Primary Industries are developing the Joint Border Management System (JBMS) to enable smarter, swifter border processing for goods going in and out of New Zealand. It supports the Government’s aim for Better Public Services, improving online services for businesses.

JBMS is being delivered in phases to allow each part of the system to be thoroughly tested before release to industry, which reduces the risks inherent in any large complex IT project.

A major part of JBMS is Trade Single Window (TSW), which will ultimately be a single channel for industry to comply with border requirements. Exporters, importers, and others in the cargo industry can send shipment details electronically to one place, rather than to several government agencies.

TSW has been up and running since 1 August 2013, and has handled over 2.7 million transactions. 100% of outward border transactions and over 60% of inward ones now go through TSW, building steadily as traders come on board. Click here to see the latest Trade Single Window statistics.

In 2013, an offline analytical software package for risk and intelligence, and partial risk & intelligence capability for food safety were also delivered.

TSW now provides four of the top five types of border transactions in a globally recognized data format known as WCO3. The overwhelming feedback from consultation on the mandatory 1 November 2016 and 2017 dates for adopting the WCO3 messages was that the dates are reasonable and achievable. Further detail can be found here.

Since July 2015 brokers have been registering and managing some of their own and their clients’ information and supplier code applications online using TSW Online Registrations. This reduces what is currently a 24-hour service for brokers down to minutes in many cases.

The next major release of functionality in 2016 is the Inward Cargo Report as well as Advance Notice of Arrival, Advance Notice of Departure, Excise, and enhanced real-time risk & intelligence capability. All the components for this release have been built and are currently being tested.

Changes to the World Customs Organization message format (WCO3), adding additional workflow functionality, as well as the change to a phased delivery approach, has increased the delivery timeline and cost. Capital expenditure has been brought forward from within Customs and MPI’s baselines to fund remaining work, bringing the total budget to $104.1 million. There is no new government funding. Customs and MPI have not deferred or cancelled any planned capital replacement as a result of this additional JBMS funding, and cost recovery fees do not increase.

Any further enhancements beyond this will be developed as a set of phased, discrete initiatives via a seven year support, maintenance and enhancement agreement with IBM NZ Ltd (entered into in September 2014) or subject to their own business cases.

The JBMS programme is governed by a Joint Executive Board that ensures the alignment of the programme with the strategic direction of Customs and the Ministry for Primary Industries and the delivery of business outcomes.

A Programme Delivery Board (reporting to the Joint Executive Board) provides leadership and governance of the JBMS work programme and is responsible for its successful delivery.

Click here to see the JBMS Governance Structure, the Terms of Reference for the Joint Executive Board and the Programme Delivery Board.

JBMS enables:

  • Clients on system-to-system messaging to connect directly to TSW to submit electronic cargo and craft reporting messages if they want to, instead of having to go through a third party.
  • Clients on system-to-system messaging to submit the new WCO3 Import Declaration, Export Declaration, Outward Cargo Report, and Cargo Report Export.
  • Online submission of the new WCO3 Import Declaration, Export Declaration, Cargo Report Export and Outward Cargo Report through the TSW Online website.
  • Customs and MPI officers to jointly register premises (Customs controlled areas, transitional facilities and approved food premises) in TSW, rather than separate systems.
  • Brokers to apply for and receive client and supplier codes online via an automated, registration facility.

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