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 3.4 million transactions. 100% of outward border transactions and over 60% of inward now go through TSW, building steadily as traders come on board. Click here to see the latest Trade Single Window statistics.

TSW provides four of the top five types of border transactions in a globally recognized data format known as WCO3. 

An offline analytical software package for risk and intelligence, and partial risk and intelligence capability for food safety were also delivered in 2013.

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

Testing has taken longer than originally scheduled and Customs, MPI, and IBM are in the process of adjusting the delivery plan. The important thing is that the border runs smoothly so we’re not going to release things without thorough testing to give us certainty that we are delivering a quality product. Testing is planned to be completed in September, at which stage we can confirm a “go live” date.

We have decided to decouple the online Risk and Intelligence functions from the next major release to concentrate on completing the Trade Single Window so traders can begin using these functions as soon as possible. We will complete online Risk and Intelligence once we have delivered the Trade Single Window.

We will reset the mandatory dates of 1 November 2016 and 2017 for the adoption of WCO3 message standard, when the next release goes live.

JBMS remains within budget and no new funding is required or being sought.

Traders are kept fully informed of progress, and there is a high level of industry satisfaction with TSW. The most recent industry update was presented in June 2016. You can find a copy of the presentation here.

Any further enhancements beyond the roll out of the next release and online Risk and Intelligence will be developed as a set of phased, discrete initiatives or subject to separate 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 currently 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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