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St Kitts Hosted the CCLEC Executive Committee (EXCO) Meeting
Thursday, 17 November 2016 12:41

DSC_8804_3The St Kitts and Nevis Customs and Excise Division hosted the EXCO meeting from November 8-9, 2016.  Customs Comptrollers and representatives from fourteen nations were present at the meeting including Canada and the USA.

The meeting considered a number of initiatives including:

  • The draft treaty
  1. Organizational change
  2. Implementation of RCS2016 and SailClear
  3. Implementation of a customs valuation risk database
  4. Development and accreditation of CCLEC’s training modules
  5. MOUs with strategic partners

The CCLEC which was established in the 1970s has been operating as an informal organisation however it is actively pursuing the formalization of the organisation through a treaty.  This is an issue of monumental significance for the organization as it seeks to increase support for its programmes through donor funding and enhance information sharing.

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Customs seize over 2500 pounds of marijuana in container
Friday, 05 August 2016 10:44

GANJA_w304KINGSTON, Jamaica – Members of the Jamaica Customs Agency’s Contraband Enforcement Team (CET) seized a shipment of marijuana concealed in a container at the Kingston port yesterday.

The agency in a press release today said that the CET along with the Jamaica Constabulary Force's, Narcotics Division were carrying out routine inspection of containers, where seal-discrepancies were detected and further examination of the containers resulted in the detection of 11 duffle bags containing 338 packages with substance resembling vegetable matter.

Subsequent tests confirmed that the substance was marijuana weighing 2525.8lbs with an estimated street value of over J$8 million.

The matter is being investigated by the Border Protection Unit of the Agency and the Narcotics Division.

 
Ganja cookies, shrooms reach T&T
Friday, 05 August 2016 10:36

mushroomsTHE tragic extent of Trinidad and Tobago's gun-related violence was disclosed Wednesday by head of the Organised Crime, Narcotics and Firearms Bureau ASP Vernly Gift who said that eight in every ten murders in 2015 and so far in 2016, were committed using a gun.

In addition, he said that people were now consuming marijuana baked into cookies, and that a type of mushroom which produced a hallucinatory effect, had reached the country, and being sold at $300 an ounce.

Speaking at the Police Service weekly press conference in Port of Spain, Gift said that the proliferation of illegal firearms and ammunition continues to be a challenge and guns continue to be the weapon.

According to the statistics, for the period January 2016 to date, the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service has recorded a total of two hundred and seventy (270) murders, of which 78% or 209 were committed with the use of illegal firearms. For the same period in 2015, there were two hundred and forty (240) reported murders, of which 197 or 82%, were firearm related.

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XXXIII Annual Conference in Kingston
Monday, 27 June 2016 09:01

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The Caribbean Customs Law Enforcement Council (CCLEC) celebrated its XXXIII Annual Conference in Kingston, Jamaica during the period May 17-19 2016 under the theme “Leveraging Customs Information Systems to Optimize Our Role in Border Security”.

Representatives of twenty three (23) countries as well as a number of regional and international observers attended the sessions. Observers included representatives of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), World Customs Organization, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and Universal Postal Union (UPU).

 The opening ceremony was attended by members of the diplomatic corps, government officials, and a host of other guests.  The welcomed remarks was delivered by Major (Ret-d) Richard Reese, Commissioner of Jamaica Customs Agency, followed by addresses by Robert White, Project Manager, Cargo Targeting System, World Customs Organisation (WCO), Hon. Robert Montaque, Minister of National Security and Hon. Audley Shaw, Minister of Finance & the Public Service

Mr White commended the long standing relationship which exists between CCLEC and the WCO and the ongoing work with the CCLEC Joint Intelligence Office/WCO Regional Liaison Office especially in joint operations. He drew attention to the importance of information exchange and information systems and the various information systems that have been developed by WCO to assist members with information sharing.

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SailClear at Boot Düsseldorf 2016
Saturday, 23 January 2016 08:05

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From January 22nd to 31st 2016 a number of stakeholders from the OECS yachting community will be showcasing their products at Boot Düsseldorf, an international water sports trade fair. An expected 250,000 participants will be in attendance at this prestigious annual trade fair with more than 1,700 exhibitors from 60 different countries.

CCLEC in collaboration with the OECS Commission will be presenting the SailClear, a pre arrival notification which facilitates the clearance of yachts.  SailClear enables registered users to submit their clearance information to participating countries beforehand thus eliminating the completion of paper forms.  The information on the system also enables the user to enter and update notifications about their vessel or vessels, crew and passengers for future voyages to the Caribbean region.

SailClear is currently being upgraded and will offer frequent visitors the opportunity to obtain ‘trusted traveler’ status for preclearance privileges where available.

 


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