Bull is modernizing Bulgarian customs’ ITMS (Integrated Tariff Management System) to comply with EU requirements
Bull has gained worldwide recognition in the public sector for its expertise, in particular in the modernization of IT infrastructures, on-line business processes, re-engineering of fiscal systems and aligning customs systems to new international demands. For several years now, Bull has been involved in developing customs solutions in several European countries during their preparation for EU accession: supporting the implementation of EU requirements *. These countries include Bulgaria,Cyprus,the Czech Republic,Hungary,Lithuania,Malta,Poland,Romania and Turkey.
Bulgaria is actively preparing for EU accession, and the Bulgarian government’s main objective is to be ready for this. At the beginning of 2005, the Bulgarian Ministry of Finance launched an international call for tender for the “ Computerization of the Bulgarian customs authority, for adoption of the information systems standards and practices of the European Union ” with the Customs Agency is the key beneficiary. Bull was selected to develop and enhance their national and European Integrated Tariff Management System and other reference data in relation to the DG TAXUD requirements and EU practices, and to ensure interoperability with EU customs systems. In Bulgaria,Bull is also working on a systems integration project for the National Revenue Agency (NRA), and has recently won the competition to implement a new information systems project for the National Health Insurance Fund.
“Our modernization program is one of the most challenging for our country. Connecting our system to all the European systems is crucial for both the EU and Bulgaria since we will be one of the Community’s external borders. EU experts came early March for the first tests and expressed their satisfaction at the progress achieved on the project, which was ahead of schedule. The Bull team is delivering the complete solution within budget and to a high level of quality. We have particularly praised their faultless involvement in the project, ” said Georgi Grigorov, Deputy Director of the Bulgarian Customs Agency.
“We are very proud to count the Bulgarian Ministry of Finance and the Customs Agency amongst our customers. Bull has been chosen by eight of the ten countries that joined the European Union in 2004, for the modernization of their Tariff systems. Our expertise and fully secured solutions based on open standards are the best guarantee for Bulgarian customs to comply with EU interoperability requirements, increase revenue and strengthen national sovereignty,” declared Jimmy Char, General Manager of Bull Bulgaria.
Providing experience, expertise and tools to modernize Tariff and related systems, making them fully interoperable with EU systems
For years, Bull has been applying its ability to manage complex IT integration projects and its expertise in the Tariff systems which fulfill EU interconnectivity requirements. This system is capable of interfacing with EU Tariff systems as well as national Declaration Processing Systems (DPSs). Compliant with best practices, these Web-oriented solutions based on open standards enable automation, control and interoperability. At each iteration, Bull is delivering technical and functional prototypes for test and training purposes to the Customs Agency.
Whatever the customs regime or the complexity of the regulations involved, Bull’s Customs Declaration Processing Systems and Integrated Tariff Management Systems allow the Customs Authorities to deal in real time with all declarations, thus bringing fluidity and efficiency to the customs clearance process.
* As part of the pre-accession process, the EU has required the customs authorities in the candidates countries to have fully implemented the Community Tariff Management regulations, integrated with the local ITMS (Integrated Tariff Management Systems), one year prior to the accession; and to be fully operational and ready for testing six months prior to the accession date.