Elusive Quest for Interoperability
Charlie's Skypeout Strategy: Chocolate Factory Interoperability Initiative
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Interoperability between systems and adequate operational transparency may help stem some of the frustration of businesses dealing with customs. On the other hand, customs must remain vigilant to ensure security through tracking and tracing of goods to prevent disenfranchised individuals from taking advantage of the movement of objects between geographic boundaries. There are no easy “one shoe fits all” solutions to these problems. There is also room for debate regarding the depth to which customs should aspire to gain visibility of the supply chain. The investment necessary to gain visibility and transparency both in terms of cost as well as change management must be a collaborative venture between businesses and customs. Both parties must be equally determined to securely speed the operational efficiency. However, even for pre-agreed issues, the ability to generate a bird’s eye view of the process is plagued by the lack of interoperability between customs and business systems as well as country-specific rules.
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity. An optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
World Customs Organization (WCO-OMD), Brussels, Belgium
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