International Customs Day 2024
The Fiji Revenue and Customs Service (FRCS) today joined the global Customs community in commemorating the International Customs Day (ICD) at the FRCS Headquarters at Nasese Complex in Suva.
The ICD is an important day in the global Customs calendar as it is designated to honour the Customs officials and agencies for the significant role, they play in ensuring that the global trade management is efficient, safe and secure.
In his welcome remarks, the FRCS Acting CEO, Mr. Malakai Naiyaga, conveyed his appreciation to our Customs officers for the excellent work that they are doing in efficiently facilitating legitimate trade while protecting Fiji from the threats posed by illegal trade, organised crime, smugglers and illicit drugs.
“Our Customs staff work tirelessly to provide services and implement security procedures at our borders. We commend our officers for their dedication and hard work. Having said that I must say that the landscape and threats to legitimate trade and border security are evolving at a fast rate which requires that our people be very professional in the way they carry out their responsibilities and be continually upskilled to keep up with the latest developments and respond appropriately,” Mr. Naiyaga said.
The World Customs Organisation (WCO) is dedicating 2024 to the theme “Customs Engaging Traditional and New Partners with Purpose”.
According to Mr. Naiyaga, for Customs, partnerships with internal and external stakeholders are crucial for effective collaboration and efficient operations.
He said establishing customs-to-customs partnerships and customs-to-business partnerships can facilitate seamless communication, information sharing, and intelligence exchange.
FRCS, like all other Customs administrations, acknowledges the importance of engaging with traditional and new partners.
Mr. Naiyaga also thanked all local and international traditional and new partners of FRCS for their continued support.
Chief Guest, Counsellor, Pacific (Offshore) Network, Australian Border Force, Superintendent Uriah Turner said Australia believes that dedicating the 2024 ICD to its theme is fitting, as it seeks to work with its partners and strengthen the International Customs community’s relationships.
“There is no better example of this, then the establishment of the Australian Border Force’s Pacific Network, which has recently seen ten ABF officers deployed across seven different countries in the Pacific, to support our Pacific partners,” Superintendent Turner said.
Meanwhile, twenty-five FRCS officers and stakeholders were honoured with the esteemed Certificate of Merit on behalf of the WCO to recognise their achievements and commitment to the 2024 ICD theme.
ICD was also celebrated in other FRCS ports around Fiji.