A team of six (6) officials from the Korea Customs Service are in the country to enhance
collaboration efforts and hold discussions modernizing the Fiji Customs administration.
Revenue and Customs Service Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Visvanath Das said Revenue
and Customs is committed to strengthening administration of Customs laws and
procedures and processes.

“We are committed to reforming and modernizing our Customs projects and regulatory
framework to ensure a well-functioning and efficient Customs administration,” Mr. Das
said.

“Our aim is to ensure that Customs procedures are in line with international standards
and recommended practice under the World Trade Organization Trade Facilitation
Agreement that has been ratified by Fiji” he said.

“We are grateful to have Korea Customs experts in the country to assist us under the
principles of World Customs Organization Mutual Administrative Assistance. As a
developed country, Korea Customs Service has one of the best practices in the globe in
terms of their Customs Administration and we are fortunate to be learning from the best
to improve our Customs processes and procedures,” Mr. Das said.

“The partnership with Korean Customs Service will allow for close dialogue in order to
implement recommendations from these experts,” he added.

Korean Customs Service Project Manager, Mr. Sun Man Kim said the team will conduct
site visits and meet with the Fiji Customs administration stakeholders and enforcement
teams while they are here.

“We will be looking at the legal framework, process and Information Technology (IT)
system and infrastructure. At the same time, we will conduct our site visit to Suva seaport
and Nadi airport and with the private sector including an airline company, sea freight
forwarders and the trading community,” Mr. Kim said.

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