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Comptroller's Remar

Comptroller's Remar
Over the past fourteen (14) years, the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Customs and Excise have joined the Brussels based World Customs Organization (WCO) in celebrating International Customs Day on January 26th each year. It is a special moment where we unite to remember and to celebrate the significant contributions made by Customs Officials and the Customs organizations in general, whose daily work greatly affects the economy, health and security of our beautiful SVG. This year we celebrate considering the significance of the theme chosen by the WCO; "Customs fostering Sustainability for people, prosperity and the planet".

Each day Customs engaged in activities that are focused on the development of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Customs do important work aiming to satisfy the needs of the present without compromising the capacity of future generations. The protection and collection of government revenue, facilitation of trade and travel and protection of our borders are activities that would guarantee the balance between economic growth, care for the environment and social well-being.

Even so; the global political economy, the impact of climate change and the archipelagic nature of our country remain constant challenges as we seek to fulfill our mandate. For 2020 the Department will focus on strengthening Trade Facilitation, enhancing organizational effectiveness and to broaden and deepen relationships with all stakeholders, locally, regionally and internationally.

Customs will continue to advance the trade facilitation and risk management programs as well as the ASYCUDA Selectivity MODULE which was implemented on November 18, 2019. The improvement of our Risk Management program aims at reducing clearance times while improving customs controls. As such, the ASYCUDA Selectivity Module allows for the selection of declarations and consignments for inspection to be risk based, using ICT. The aim is to focus customs control on consignments which present a higher degree of risk, while quickly releasing low risk consignments. Compliant Importers would therefore benefit from faster release times. The Department will now be able to minimize human intervention and subjectivity in the selection process thereby promoting fair trade and transparency in keeping with the WTO trade facilitation agenda.

Customs also has plans for the installation and commissioning of a non-intrusive palletized scanner in Port Kingstownfor 2020. This initiative would also improve clearance speed as well as increase security. The Department will also commence a phased approach to a Single Window Facility using the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) contingent on legislative reforms. This will provide automated Customs procedures via the web; which would put more Customs services at the fingertips of our customers.

2020 will see a strong focus placed on strengthening Customs legislations and regulatory reforms. The Revised Structure of the Common External Tariff (CET) based on the 2017 Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System will be included in the 2020 legislative agenda. It takes into consideration both environmental and social issues of global concern. It will also reflect the changes in international trade patterns and advances in technology.

Also included on the 2020 legislative agenda is the implementation of the new Customs Bill fashioned from the CARICOM Harmonized Customs Legislation. As CARICOM endeavors to build towards authentic economic integration, the adoption of a harmonized Customs Legislation is imperative for the eventual Customs Union as well as enabling free movement of people and capital and enhancing the competitiveness of the Single Market and Economy.

Finally, we are determined to broaden and deepen relationships with stakeholders in all sectors, by maintaining open channels of communication, collaboration and mutual assistance. The work of the Customs is influenced by the global environment and so must take a holistic approach in order to do our part to promote a better world.

The Department has decided to celebrate International Customs Day with a number of activities. A Church Service at the New Testament Church at Wilson began the week with a blessing and encouragement for the staff. We will be welcomed by the students of the SVGCC Division of Arts and Sciences and Technical Division to make presentations of the Roles and Functions of Customs. An exhibition to raise public awareness would be held on Friday, January 31st, 2020 outside of the Customs Canteen. On Saturday, February 1sta social activity designed to show appreciation for Customs Officers will be held. We recognize their exemplary service to theorganization and to the nation.

The Customs and Excise Department would like to take this opportunity to thank all our clients, stakeholders and staff for their understanding, support and cooperation throughout the year. We solicit your cooperation in the future as we work together for a more sustainable St. Vincent and the Grenadines and a bright and prosperous future.

Mr. Selwyn DaSilva
Comptroller (Ag

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