The Senate has approved the Processed Food Amendment Act.

It seeks to remove the requirement for export certificates to facilitate the implementation of the Automated System for Customs Data, ASY-CUDA.

The removal of the export certificate provision is expected to shorten the process for the export of processed food.

ASY-CUDA is a web-based system which is designed to transform the Jamaica Customs Agency into a paperless operation via the use of electronic documents.

It’s also intended to automate operations at the Bureau of Standards Jamaica.

State Minister of National Security, Senator Pearnel Charles Jr. piloted the bill in the Upper House today. He noted that it’s intended to reduce trade barriers.

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Government Senator and CEO of the Grace Kennedy Group, Don Wehby, described ASY-CUDA as a game-changing technology.

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The Processed Food Amendment Act was approved in the House of Representatives last week.

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