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Feb 12, 2016

Customs Lacks Resources to Adequately Tackle Contraband Smuggling

Victor Recinos

According to Customs Comptroller Victor Recinos, the mandate of the Customs Department is wide and with proper investment and structures in place, the department and its officers will be more effective. According to Recinos, one of the biggest issues is lack of resources in enforcement to tackle contrabandistas along our porous borders.


Victor Recinos, Comptroller, Customs and Excise Department

“We need to enhance our effectiveness in collecting the revenue and protecting the revenue, ensure that our officers are trained; that they will do the job more effectively and efficiently.  Every aspect of the customs environment; be it, record keeping, file management, collection of revenues, evaluation of goods, inspection of goods, inspection of documents, the one you are talking about is just the everyday which you always pick up in your news which is the enforcement aspect and every angle of the customs operation.”


Duane Moody

“Sir which of these sections is most challenging or that has been causing problems within the department?”


Victor Recinos

“The problem within the department is in some instance the lack of capacity and the other instance lack of resources. One because we do not have enough human resource so the plan will identify where those shortcomings are and we make recommendations to the Ministry of Finance to fill it, to acquire the necessary equipment that we need. But most challenging for the department is the enforcement side which we may not have enough resources and we are stretched out thin and stretching thin, we have to work smarter.”

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1 Response for “Customs Lacks Resources to Adequately Tackle Contraband Smuggling”

  1. Rod says:

    What they need to do is stop thief and get rid of all the corrupt officers but why should they when even their bosses are corrupt end of story.

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