The Fiji Times

Holistic approach to overcome border security challenges

- By ABISHEK CHAND

THE Fiji Revenue and Customs Service investigat­ed four cases regarding vehicle smuggling rackets involving 13 vehicles in 2019.

FRCS chief executive officer Visvanath Das said: “We uncovered the modus operandi being used is accident and insurance written-off vehicles purchased and the same number plates and road worthiness are used on illegally imported vehicles”.

Mr Das said there was a greater need to establish a holistic approach to overcome challenges in protecting borders, revenue collection as well as facilitati­ng legitimate trade and travel.

He said this was a challenge for all Customs administra­tion.

He made the statement after the conclusion of the Sub Regional Workshop on Combating Counterfei­ting and Piracy (IPR) and Cargo Targeting System training at the WCO Regional Training Center at Fiji Revenue and Customs Service (FRCS) last week.

“The cargo targeting system (CTS) is one such tool that will enable us to track any risks entering our borders,” said Mr Das.

“The CTS is a World Customs Organizati­on (WCO) tool to assist the implementa­tion of risk management in countries that require it.

“It enables targeting of import, export, transit and transshipm­ent cargo across the full range of Customs risks.

“Another main objective of this workshop is to provide relevant stakeholde­rs with an overview of the country-specific best practices and legislatio­n in the domain of counterfei­ting and piracy and to create a favourable environmen­t for the sharing of experience­s on a variety of topics which includes distinguis­hing between authentic and fake product and how to distinguis­h the risk analysis techniques; a methodolog­y which operationa­l units of Customs administra­tions employ to target high-risk consignmen­ts and which has resulted in an increased numbers of seizures in member administra­tion," he added.

According to the statement by FRCS the Sub Regional Workshop on Combating Counterfei­ting and Piracy (IPR) was attended by delegates from Papua New Guniea, Samoa, Timor Leste, Tonga, Vanuatu and Fiji.

It was funded by the Regional Office for Capacity Building (ROCB), while being supported by the Japan Customs and the World Customs Organizati­on.

 ?? Picture: FILE ?? Fiji Revenue and Customs Service CEO says there is a greater need to establish a holistic approach to overcome challenges in protecting borders.
Picture: FILE Fiji Revenue and Customs Service CEO says there is a greater need to establish a holistic approach to overcome challenges in protecting borders.

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