Customs releases developer support program

Australian Customs today released the software developers' guide for its Cargo Management Re-engineering (CMR) project.

The guide will assist software developers adapt EDI messaging software for importers, exporters and handlers under the new Customs Integrated Cargo System (ICS).

The new cargo system replaces all existing import and export electronic reporting systems including Compile and EXIT from November 2003.

Customs CEO Lionel Woodward said the guide is necessary for developers to write applications that interface with the ICS to ensure Customs' clients comply with the new system that covers the movement of cargo across Australia's borders.

Keeping the software industry up to date is only part of the Customs information strategy, which also includes face-to-face technical workshops.

The developers guide is an HTML-based manual that can be used by the IT industry to develop programs for exporters, importers and associated handlers.

The guide outlines technical specifications and business rules and is available by e-mailing

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