From European to African economies, our track record has been proven in contrasting multi-border countries; South Africa and Luxembourg.
South Africa is a leading role player on the African continent. As with many other countries on the African continent it faces unique challenges such as increasing trade volumes, basic or a lack of infrastructure and the threat of illicit trade.
In a strategic move toward addressing trade challenges, SARS embarked on a modernisation journey. The Interfront iCBS solution is under development and has already replaced several key legacy systems, one of which served South Africa for more than 30 years. The iCBS at this point includes Goods Declaration processing module, Tariff Management System, Customs Duty Calculator as well as the License and Certificate Management modules. The modernised system is also supported by a suite of specialised Systems Support Management tools. Significant milestones were reached during the year under review on the development of Phases 1 and 2 of the New Customs Acts Programme (NCAP).
Luxembourg, although being a small landlocked country, is one of the most developed countries in the world. It has relatively large volumes of international trade from and to its neighbouring countries such as the Netherlands, France and Germany, but also elsewhere in the EU.
Customs processes in the EU are complex, structured and highly regulated. There are also numerous centrally managed systems that need to communicate with a national system.
Interfront provided a core customs solution that supports the flexibility required to adapt to regular amendments to policy and work seamlessly with new systems such as the New Computerised Transit System (NCTS), Import Control System (ICS), and Excise Movement Control System (EMCS). Interfront engaged in an upgrade of the Luxembourg system to comply with the latest versions of technical components which form part of the solution. Part of the upgrade also included a renewal of the user interface.