FRCS Launches Container Control Programme
The Fiji Revenue and Customs Service (FRCS) has taken another step towards strengthening security at the borders with the launch of the Container Control Programme (CCP) in Fiji today at the FRCS Complex in Nasese, Suva.
The United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC) and World Customs Organization (WCO) Container Control Programme (CCP) will strengthen Fiji’s ability to process containers that pass through the nation’s ports. CCP focuses on improving risk management, supply chain security and trade facilitation in sea, land and air ports to prevent the cross-border movement of illicit goods.
The CCP has been funded by the Australian Border Force (ABF) as part of its commitment to work together with Pacific nations to strengthen regional borders. The ABF partnered with UNODC and WCO to implement the CCP and the Cargo Targeting System in Fiji – a system funded by Australia through the Fiji – Australia Vuvale Partnership.
FRCS Acting Chief Executive Officer Ms Fane W. Vave acknowledged the valuable support and collaboration with the WCO, UNODC and the Australian Government through the ABF in the establishment of the Container Control Programme.
“This is a significant accomplishment for Fiji as we are the first Customs Administration within the Oceania Region to administer the Container Control Programme,” Ms. Vave said.
“Fiji is a central hub for sea and air cargo in the Oceania region and has trade links to Australia and New Zealand as well as other countries. The creation of a dedicated risk profiling team to identify potential illicit and non-compliant shipments will mark another step of FRCS to address threats in the region”.
Ms Vave emphasised on the commitment of FRCS in targeting illicit trade and the readiness to cooperate with the global Customs community.
“We recognise that containers represent a major part of trade flows between Fiji and the rest of the world. The Container Control Programme will help us identify high risk containers and prevent drug trafficking and other illicit container crimes.”
Speaking at the launch, chief guest and Australia’s High Commissioner to Fiji, John Feakes, said Australia remains committed to working together with Fijian authorities to enhance regional border security and further strengthen the relationship.
“Every day Fiji and Australia are working together to combat shared border security challenges in the Pacific region. This program is another step to strengthen this longstanding relationship, and will protect Fiji and Fijian trade.”
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