International Customs Day 2021
The Fiji Revenue and Customs Service (FRCS) has implemented initiatives and processes to further support and enhance trade facilitation and ease of doing business in Fiji following the COVID-19 pandemic.
FRCS Acting Chief Executive Officer Mr. Jonetani Vuto said the COVID-19 challenges meant that FRCS needed to make customs process more simplified and ensure that they work better for Fijians and legitimate businesses.
Mr. Vuto made these statements in commemoration of the International Customs Day (ICD) 2021, which is celebrated world-wide on 26 January.
This year’s ICD 2021 is dedicated to the united efforts of Customs to emerge from the coronavirus crisis and support people and businesses by strengthening the global supply chain, reinforcing collaboration, harnessing technology and putting “people: at the Centre of the transformation process, with the slogan “Customs bolstering Recovery, Renewal and Resilience for a sustainable supply chain.”
According to Mr. Vuto, in the past year FRCS has further implemented initiatives and processes to support the smooth flow of goods across borders, boost confidence in trade and keep supply chains flowing and secure. “We have implemented measures to decrease dwell times at the port with speedier cargo clearance and reduced logistics costs through elimination of intermediaries in the supply chain,” he said.
“FRCS intends to minimise and eliminate unnecessary intervention in administering the transfer of under bond cargo to other port for clearance and also the incorporation of the Harbor Compliance Analyst to assess the risk for vessels and the virtual clearance of vessels together with our key border stakeholders, Immigration and Biosecurity. This initiative is to support traders facilitate the clearance of imported goods and minimise their operating cost of doing business.”
Mr. Vuto stated that FRCS is dedicated towards creating transparency and predictable conditions for trade, and facilitate legitimate business that will in turn contribute to economic growth and job opportunities.
He emphasized on the important role that Customs played in contributing to economic competiveness through border protection, combating illegal trade, trade facilitation and revenue collection. “We will continue to provide guidance, help to share best practices and information, and deliver capacity building and technical assistance support to trader, traveler, and tax payer needs to help Fiji grow”.
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