FRCS Intercepts Smuggled Goods
The Fiji Revenue and Customs Service (FRCS) Officers have intercepted yet another consignment of goods countering attempts of customs duty fraud.
While reviewing the import documents, FRCS Officers found anomalies indicating undeclared goods and upon physical inspection, two cartons of cigarettes and several highly dutiable undeclared goods were discovered. Undeclared goods included new tyres, sofa, sports equipment, food items, printer, vehicle accessories, cosmetics and electrical goods, etc.
FRCS CEO Mr. Mark Dixon stated that the Service promoted voluntary compliance and trusted the importers and customs agents to accurately report the type, value, and country of origin for the merchandise they bring into the country for which the right amount of duty must be paid.
However, Mr. Dixon said FRCS will not condone customs fraud as this deprives the Fijian Government of revenue through customs duties and taxes that would otherwise be used to fund vital public services such as schools, hospitals and infrastructure.
“Additionally, the fraudulent companies also gain a competitive advantage over honest traders by having lower importation costs for their products yet selling at the same prices,” he said.
Customs Agents and Brokers are also reminded to accurately declare all import items on the invoices as an incorrect declaration can be liable to penalties and imposition of further stringent measures.
Last year alone, FRCS either intercepted, detained or seized more than 1330 different goods at the border.
Mr. Dixon has encouraged importers to contact the FRCS team at 324300 or 1326 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org for any assistance or clarification.