The Director of Customs and Inland Revenue (DCIR), Ben Leeshi, has led a five man delegation on a three day visit to Tanna from the 19th to the 21st of September 2013. The purpose of the mission was to educate the authorities of TAFEA Province on the existence and purpose of the DCIR, to forge working partnerships with the provincial authorities, present the department’s corporate plan to Tanna customs officers and carry out ground level scoping in order to assess the needs for DCIR services. Director Leeshi who hails from Erromango is not new to Tafea Province.
Following the successful implementation of the Release Note to automate the control cargo at the Vila wharf, Luganville wharf and Luganville airport, Customs will now be introducing this ASYCUDA feature from Monday 23rd September 2013 to control cargo at the Vila Bauerfield airport.
The ability for individuals to lodge customs declarations for others or for themselves has never been properly administered or subject to any quality control. With the advent of ASYCUDA, users were registered regardless of their technical knowledge in customs matters.