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Council Hopes For Integrated Approach

The Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council’s (CBFCF) Nadi branch is looking forward to an integrated approach this year. CBFCF Nadi Branch Executive Committee chairman, Santokh Singh, of Williams & Gosling,
18 Mar 2015 07:52
Council Hopes For Integrated Approach
Chairman Santokh Singh (second right) in Nadi and members of the Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council’s (CBFCF) Nadi branch. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

The Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council’s (CBFCF) Nadi branch is looking forward to an integrated approach this year.

CBFCF Nadi Branch Executive Committee chairman, Santokh Singh, of Williams & Gosling, said their objective is to create more business partnerships.

He said there was a big need for their committee to work hand-in-hand with the customs stakeholders including Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority (FRCA).

“We are quite happy to work with FRCA. We have signed a memorandum of understanding to build our relationship and work as a partner as well with stakeholders,” Mr Singh said.

He said there is no room for the committee to work in isolation.

“Sharing of information that is admissible, to do so amongst regulatory bodies is paramount,” he said.

“We should do all that is possible to enable this as the modern world relies on accurate real time information to aid decision making.

“We complement our border agencies but for them to work more effectively, there is a must for collaboration amongst agencies.

“There are a lot of stakeholders involved with customs and the more we work in partnership, the more there will be obvious growth in the industry.”

Meanwhile the committee hosted their annual general meeting the past month with an after function at the Melanesian Hotel in Namaka, Nadi.

Secretary Leone Naivalu described the AGM as a success.

“We look forward to a productive 2015 with the new committee on board and will work closely with various government stakeholders,” he said.

 

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