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Project Title:          eCustoms  On-Line Customs Duty Payment 
Organisation:   Slovak Customs Administration
Webpage:                www.colnasprava.sk

Customs administration is an important player in cross-border business
processes, able to determine the speed and effectivity of business
transactions. Customs administration  generates also a significant share of
state revenues, therefore its processes effectiveness is vital for the state
and the business. The implementation of electronic customs processes
creates basic preconditions for:  
-    speeding up the customs processes and consequently speeding up the
cross-border business transactions,  
-     more transparent and up-to-time income flows into the state budget. 
The implementation of e-customs processes is a vital priority of Slovak
Administration. The ultimate goal in the eCustoms project is to allow all
customs/trader transactions and data exchange to be performed
electronically in
a secure and reliable manner. The deployment of electronic signature, PKI
technologies and robust and fault-tolerant solutions are basic pre-requisites.

Description of project:
The first process implemented within the eCustoms framework was the SIOUX
project  On_line Customs Duty Payment, utilizing outsourcing services of the
Monex system. The main idea is to speed up the payment process and
speed up the whole customs declaration procedure. After the trader sends the
payment order to his bank, the bank immediately sends an electronic payment
guarantee message to the corresponding customs office. Money transfer is done
in a standard way  through the bank clearing system and is independent from
payment guarantee message sent to the customs office
The sent electronic message is signed by electronic signature and the bank
takes the whole responsibility for transferring the custom duty payment to the
Customs office account (via national clearing centre). The legal validity of
the electronic signature is contractually regulated. The process of on-line
customs duty payment is illustrated on the following scheme.
The on-line customs duty system consists of following subsystems:  
-    the Monex system providing the communication services for traders and
required PKI functionality,  
-     the SIOUX system providing the appropriate distribution of received
payment information to the appropriate customs office, together with
functionality required for financial department and customs operations.

The system is in regular operation from 9/2002 and is a vital service used by
trader community in Slovakia. It is available for all customs offices in
Slovakia. The average time for the on-line customs duty payment is 7 minutes.
Several billion SKK are processed by the system each year.
The SIOUX system is a benefit for all parties involved:  
       the bank  new service able to bring other business opportunities,  
       the trader - flexible usage of all payment mechanisms offered by the
bank (bank branch, Internet banking, phone banking, etc.) with required level
of security 
       Slovak Customs Administration - single interface for all banks with
minimal financial requirements (the service provided by Monex is for SCA
offered for free). SCA is now able to move customs office accounts from
commercial banks to NBS (National Bank of Slovakia) 
       the state  according to the payment guarantee it is possible to
precisely the state incomes for the liquidity/cash management. This is
important namely for the state treasury project, that is implemented in

e-Ten involvement
DITEC, as a company involved in the development of Monex system and the SIOUX
project, is looking for partners in Europe to prepare a joint proposal for
e-Ten in the market validation section. We offer the infrastructure that is
already established, experience and support, that was expressed for the
by Slovak Customs Administration.

Pour plus d'information

Pavol Fric
VP for strategy
DITEC a.s.
Fric Pavol [pf@ditec.sk] 
Ministère de l'Economie des Finances et de l'Industrie
Représentant national aux comités des programmes IST, E-TEN, E-CONTENT, SIAP
Point de contact national E-TEN et SIAP