Foreign Fishing Vessel Operators Reminded to Understand and Comply with the Entry Requirements of Fiji
The Fiji Revenue and Customs Service (FRCS) wishes to remind operators of foreign fishing vessels to understand and comply with the entry requirements of Fiji. FRCS will have zero tolerance for illegal activities detected at the Fijian borders.
This reminder follows detection of smuggled alcohol and cigarettes by FRCS Officers during our monitoring process whereby search and examination of fishing vessels are conducted.
FRCS works closely with other border protection agencies in Fiji including the Fiji Immigration Department, the Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF), the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MOHMS), the Fiji Police Force and the Fiji Navy to prevent illegal activities and safeguard the borders of Fiji.
From 12 to 14 October 2021, FRCS conducted targeted searches on two foreign fishing vessels and discovered smuggled bottles of alcohol and packets of cigarettes concealed at various locations on the vessel. The smuggled goods worth approximately FJ$3,647 were detained by FRCS. Smuggling of alcohol and cigarettes on foreign fishing vessels is a re-occurring issue and to deter smuggling, FRCS has been profiling vessels and aircrafts for restricted and prohibited goods traded to or from Fiji.
Our efforts to daunt illegal activities of foreign fishing vessels has been boosted through information received by the Fiji Navy, which has helped FRCS conduct random searches on 58 vessels from 2020 to date. During these searches, our team had found cigarettes and alcohol which were not declared.
FRCS and other border protection agencies in Fiji is engaging with the authorised foreign fishing vessel agents to educate them on the risks of smuggling goods into Fiji.
Our message to foreign fishing vessel operators found smuggling is simple. We will intercept you and you will face full force of the law. FRCS has zero tolerance for such illegal activities.
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