Saturday 24 October, 2020

Shaw pushing for more efficient JSWIFT portal

Audley Shaw

Audley Shaw

Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Audley Shaw, has ordered the Trade Board to find ways to improve the Jamaica Single Window for Trade (JSWIFT) portal to more easily facilitate importers and exporters.

According to Shaw, in a statement on Thursday, the Trade Board is making an effort to clear the backlog of applications on JSWIFT, which is a web-based solution for traders that allows importers and exporters to apply for licences, permits, certificates and other trade-related documents.

“Serious and strategic efforts are being made to address the issues being faced by importers and exporters.

"We recognise the invaluable channel to growth that JSWIFT provides, and I have instructed the Trade Board to move with alacrity in addressing the backlog,” Shaw said in the statement.

He said he has been getting complaints from importers and exporters about the turnaround time and efficiency of the portal, which he is concerned about, as the web-based system was designed to improve connectivity, facilitate the exchange of information between traders, customs offices and other border regulatory agencies.

Shaw was appointed Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce on Sunday. He served in the capacity of Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries in the previous Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) administration.

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