Australian Customs is offering online guidance for software developers interested in designing or modifying applications so that importers, exporters and handlers can communicate cargo movements to its Integrated Cargo System (ICS).
The guide outlines technical specifications and business rules as well as offering a range of other useful industry information. Customs wants developers to create new or adapt existing electronic data interchange (EDI) software that businesses can use to report imports and exports to the ICS.
The plan is part of a $90 million Cargo Management Re-engineering (CMR) project, which is designed to modernise the way Customs monitors and clients report stock moving across Australian borders.
"Australian Customs recognises that close collaboration with software developers is essential to successfully implementing the CMR project," said Lionel Woodward, Australian Customs' CEO.
"Our strategy has been to provide the developer community with as much information as possible so they can write the necessary applications to interface with the ICS.
"We have provided regular information mail-outs and technical workshops. The developers' guide will now provide an online information service."
Companies already expressing an interest in developing software for the ICS include Advance Vision Technology, Civica, Parcelhouse, Syscob and Trident Technologies.