Joint Border Management System

Customs and Ministry of 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.

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. And they can maintain their own details online.

TSW has been up and running since 1 August 2013, and has handled over 1 million transactions. 100% of outward border transactions and 58% 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, which will become mandatory after an 18 month transition period. Further detail can be found here.

Since TSW’s launch in 2013, Customs and MPI have delivered two further updates, with more planned. In September 2014, Customs, MPI and IBM agreed arrangements to deliver by the end of 2015 the fifth type of top transaction – the Inward Cargo Report – as well as Advance Notice of Arrival, Advance Notice of Departure, Excise and self-service registration, and the foundations for real-time risk & intelligence capability in two stages. More detail is available here. Arrangements for the ongoing support, maintenance and enhancement of JBMS for the next 7 years are also in place with IBM.

Capital expenditure of $14.4 million has been brought forward from within Customs and MPI’s baselines to fund this 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 subject to their own business cases.

JBMS is 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. The decision was made in 2012 to switch from a single delivery date to this longer-term phased delivery. Changes in the World Customs Organization message format (WCO3) and some additional workflow functionality were also added to the programme of work at this time. Together, these factors increased the delivery timeline and cost.

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.

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