Australian Customs' troubled Integrated
Cargo System (ICS) will be reviewed by an independent consultancy
after its introduction led to a pile-up of cargo at ports across Australia last
Customs chief executive officer Michael Carmody announced the
review, to be conducted by consultancy Booz Allen Hamilton, would "identify
opportunities to maximise the benefits of ICS to both industry
Industry would be allowed to contribute to the review process,
said Carmody. Many brokers were heavily critical of Customs
following implementation problems with ICS.
"Customs and industry worked very closely to address those
delays -- a lot of people on both sides deserve recognition for
that cooperation," Carmody said.
"The legacy system, COMPILE, was retained as a transitional
measure to assist industry. Ongoing work with industry meant this
system could be switched off on 3 February 2006.
"This review is about looking to the future. We will share the
outcomes with industry and work with it to agree on a way
forward," he said.
In a statement, Customs also revealed the Australian National
Audit Office (ANAO) had initiated an audit of the development and
implementation of the Cargo Management Re-engineering project, of
which the ICS was a major component.
"Customs will cooperate fully with the ANAO and expects
lessons will be learnt as a result of the audit," Carmody