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International Customs Day celebrated in Belize

Today Belize’s Customs and Excise Department joined its counterparts throughout the world in celebrating International Customs Day. The day is observed under the theme “A Secure Business Environment for Economic Development”. The Department held a short ceremony this morning at Battlefield Park in Belize City where the Comptroller of Customs and Excise Colin Griffith explained the Department’s focus on administrative policies in carrying out its mandate.

COLIN GRIFFITH, COMPTROLLER OF CUSTOMS AND EXCISE

“There is a major change within Customs Administration throughout the world and while it has been in the past where Customs Administration used to have at the fountain revenue collection, it has now shifted to trade facilitation. It is recognized that when you start to communicate with business and have a consultation and improve compliance, you get the same result as it was in the past with respect to revenue collection. So that is what it is and also it is the intention to improve the cost of doing business which then would go down to the consumers. Once you have reduced the cost of doing business it is intentional World Customs Organization to reduce the cost of business through trade facilitation by some 15% and that is what we are working on.”

International Customs Day was observed under the theme “A Secure Business Environment for Economic Development”.