The JRCC is mainly responsible for the operations and management of the Advance Passenger Information System (APIS), which screens approximately forty (40) Million passengers annually, specifically those entering, and travelling within the CARICOM Region by air and sea ports.
CARICOM Electronic Advanced Passenger Information System (eAPIS) is an automated electronic, web-based data interchange application system established for aviation and maritime operators that have the capability of enhancing border security over the Region by supplying Law Enforcement Officers with data on passengers and crewmembers prior to arrival and departure from CARICOM Member States. It allows the Aviation/Maritime Carriers an electronic means of uploading and transmitting their passenger and crew information online. This is available to these carriers at the CARICOM eAPIS website or https://caricomeapis.org .
Legislation requires all Aviation and Maritime carriers operating inbound and outbound to electronically transmit APIS data on all passengers and crewmembers to CARICOM IMPACS:
CARICOM Electronic Advance Cargo Information (eACIS) is a critical part of the World Customs Organization’s (WCO), Standards to Secure and Facilitate Trade (SAFE) Framework as one of the “four (4) core elements”. The WCO states that the “Framework harmonizes the advance electronic cargo information requirements on inbound, outbound and transit shipments”.
At the 13th Special Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government on April 5th, 2008, the decision was made to establish an Advance Cargo Information System (ACIS) for the region.
The Advanced Cargo Information System (ACIS) project was funded under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) Crime and Security Cooperation Project entitled: ‘Strengthening CARICOM Capacity to Prevent and Detect Illegal Activity at its Borders and to Enable Increased Prosecution and Higher Conviction Rates’.
BENEFITS OF eACIS
The Operations Department works on a 24/7 basis and processes the submissions from carriers and shippers as part of the management of the Regional Advance Passenger Information and Advance Cargo Information Systems. In so doing, each of the respective participating Member States has its security enhanced as these services throughout to Law Enforcement, Border Control and Intelligence Agencies of the countries comprising the Member States.
This Unit acts as the nerve centre of CARICOM IMPACS-JRCC by collecting Advance Passenger Information (API) from all Aviation and Maritime carries on all persons travelling to, through and out of the Region. This information is security vetted hence ensuring the safety of all travellers and the security of our borders.
Compliance is an entity within CARICOM IMPACS-JRCC tasked with ensuring compliance of Advance Passenger Information (API) by all aviation and maritime carriers entering and transiting the Region. This ensures that carriers submit API by using various web portal services currently available to them in conjunction with API requirements and legislation.
The Staff of CARICOM IMPACS-JRCC comprise of both contracted and seconded individuals; seconded personnel are drawn from the various Law Enforcement Departments (e.g. Police, Intelligence, Immigration, Customs and Defence Forces)., to help man/staff the Operationalization of the Regional Systems that are managed here.