By Rhealyn C. Pojas
The Palau Customs joined the worldwide celebration of the International Customs’ day last January 26 with an aim to strengthen its operations by following the World Custom’s Organizations’ (WCO) best practices and principles.
In a press statement sent to Island Times, the Palau Customs said that they are going to prioritize their operations on improving revenue compliance and collection, enhancing trade facilitation by keeping track of the movements of vessels, aircraft, cargo and passengers, improve clearance for low risk consignments, strengthen post clearance audits, and mobilize support for the enactment of the Customs Act, among others. [restrict]
The Palau Customs also included on its priority list the strengthening of border protection against the fight on drugs by working with all relevant agencies and help officers attained work efficiency by upgrading equipment and tools such as the acquisition of new passive drug dogs and x-ray machines, and training the personnel as well.
It also stressed that they will put an effort in improving customer service, the use of statistics, and in implementing the Harmonized Tariff Code for 2017.
“We want to assess all classified positions and hiring of Customs Officers and to provide the best trainings and programs for our Officers in order to ensure we become a socially responsible and committed work force,” the Palau customs said in the press statement.
The Palau Customs, being a member of the Oceania Customs Organization (OCO), also adhered to WCO’s good practices. It also plans to re-introduce the Customs Act to President Tommy Remengesau Jr., ROP and the OEK in February for possible update on the legislation.
The International Customs day is an annual event celebrated every January 26 with a different theme. This year, it is anchored on the slogan “a secure business environment for economic development.”
With this theme, WCO members are encouraged to look at how they can create an environment for businesses that will foster participation in cross-border trade and how to best serve people and empower entrepreneurs. [/restrict]