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Jamaica becomes the first CCLEC English Speaking Caribbean Administration to Launch an AEO Program
Monday, 18 August 2014 11:43


On July 23rd, 2014 Jamaica Customs Agency launched their revamped Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) programme which was initially implemented in 2009. The program was however re-evaluated in 2011 by the World Customs Organization and a number of recommendations were made to bring  it on par with global standard including the addition of security which was not in the previous one.

The program represents the first in the CARICOM trading block and will no doubt become a model for the other Customs administrations to follow.

In attendance at the opening were among others:

  1. Dr. the Honourable Peter Phillips MP, Minister of Finance and Planning
  2. Hon. Anthony Hylton minister of industry, investment
  3. Major (Ret’d) Richard Reese CEO/ Commissioner of Jamaica Customs
  4. Mr. Sergio Mujica, Deputy General Secretary, World Customs Organisation (WCO)
  5. Mr. Paul Hilaire, Permanent Secretary, Caribbean Customs Law Enforcement Council
Friday, 07 June 2013 14:33

_DSC4098CCLEC and IMPACS signed an MOU at the recently held CCLEC Annual Conference in Aruba.
The two organizations recognized collaboration between likeminded organizations was
key to improving the region’s security and for this reason it was decided that a formal
mechanism should be established to enhance greater cooperation and facilitate information sharing.

The Executive Director of IMPACS, Mr Francis Forbes, and the Permanent Secretary of
the Caribbean Customs Law Enforcement Council, Mr Paul Hilaire, signed the MOU on behalf
of the respective organizations.

CCLEC XXXV Annual Conference in Aruba
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 09:09

_DSC4105aaThe CCLEC celebrated its 35th annual conference under the theme “the impact of Information Communication Technology on Customs”.  The conference which was held in Aruba from May 13-17, 2013 brought together member countries as well as international organization bodies such as the World Bank, Interpol, UNCTAD, WCO and CARICOM IMPACS.

The Conference was preceded by an Opening Ceremony and keynote addresses were delivered by Sergio Mujica, Deputy Secretary General of the WCO, Mr Mike de Meza, Minister of Finance Communication Utilities and Energy and Mr. Otmar Oduber, Minister of Tourism. The Deputy Secretary reminded the meeting of the importance of risk management strategies in light of a changing role of Customs and cited the importance of the WCO pillars which have been developed to strengthen Customs in carrying out its mandate. The Finance Minister, Mr De Meza, in his remarks reinforced the support towards the hosting of the Conference and the need for CCLEC to provide greater support towards capacity building to the Aruba Customs Administration. In the final speech the Minister of Tourism, Mr. Oduber, highlighted the importance of tourism to the economy of Aruba and other Caribbean Islands and stressed the need for Customs Administrations to become more service oriented and facilitating to visitors.
A significant achievement at the opening of the ceremony was the signing of the MOU between CCLEC and CARICOM IMPACS which will assists in enhancing cooperation and sharing of information between the two organisations.

Judge Rules Against Delta In Fuel Seizure; Judgement Worth About $1.5M
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 16:06

1348154516_57715bThe High Court has ruled in favour of Her Majesty's Customs in relation to last year's seizure of a large quantity of fuel held at Delta's storage facility located at Pockwood Pond.

Following the judgment which was delivered today, February 14 in Chambers by Madame Justice Vicki Ann Ellis, Commissioner of Customs Wade Smith in an exclusive interview with BVI Platinum News, stated that the judgment amounts to a $1.5M victory for Central Government.

"The judgment basically speaks to the forfeiture of the fuel which is approximately 240,000 gallons of fuel, give or take, and the forfeiture of the container or tank that it is in. When you look at that, the value at the pump of a gallon of fuel is roughly $5.00 per you are looking at 240,000 gallons by $5; you are looking in the vicinity of $1.2M and the tank again can be anywhere between $200,000 or $300,000, so it can be a $1.5 million judgment. So again, I would like to commend the Customs Officers for their vigilance. We are extremely happy at this time; it took a while, but we are here," he explained to BVI Platinum News shortly after the judgement.

Following the seizure in September last year, Delta moved to the High Court to have the fuel released.

WCO/CCLEC Donor Meeting
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 12:17

IMG_3224_originalThe World Customs Organization (WCO) in conjunction with the Caribbean Customs Law Enforcement Council (CCLEC) and supported by the Caribbean Regional Technical Assistance Center (IMF CARTAC) hosted a sub-regional donor meeting in Bridgetown, Barbados from October 15-17, 2012.

The purpose of the meeting was to create avenues to enhance coordination and cooperation between donors and donor administrations. Giving the success of the previous Americas donor

meetings, this meeting was held in an effort to  strengthen collaboration and exchange of information which could result in joint ventures that will be of benefit for the Caribbean. Attendees included representatives from IMF, World Bank, CIDA, DIFID, IFC and CBSA.

Mr. Hector Landeros, WCO Technical Officer, and Paul Hilaire from CCLEC made presentations on successes, upcoming projects and current tools.  Donors also had the opportunity to present their activities in the region.

The meeting identified a number potential joint activities and it was agreed that a concerted effort will be made to share information on the various activities which have particular bearing on regional Customs Administrations.


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