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What Fiji Can Learn From Australia

Fiji can learn from Australia’s trusted trader programme which our neighbours are undertaking to counter border and customs issues. Chief executive of Australia Customs and Border Protection Services, Roman Quaedvlieg,
18 Apr 2015 07:44
What Fiji Can Learn From Australia

Fiji can learn from Australia’s trusted trader programme which our neighbours are undertaking to counter border and customs issues.

Chief executive of Australia Customs and Border Protection Services, Roman Quaedvlieg, made these comments while presenting at the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority CEO’s Forum at Holiday Inn Suva yesterday.

He said being a maritime nation, Australia was not immune to border issues that Fiji also faces.

Recently FRCA, through its monitoring of our borders, has been able to seize illegal drugs which were sent to Fiji as part of transhipment.

Mr Quaedvlieg said Australia faced similar cases but much higher in number.

Last year Australia seized 4.2 tonnes of various drugs sent to Australia through sea route and air freight and so far this year, 5.7 tonnes of drugs have been seized.

Another major problem Australia has been facing is illegal trafficking of drugs, in mid-2013, Australia was receiving as many as 12 vessels at their ports weekly carrying anywhere between 50 to 100 people hoping to seek asylum in Australia.

To combat these rising issues, Mr Quaedvlieg said the current Australian Government merged Australian customs and immigration department, a transition process currently underway in their country.

Mr Quaedvlieg’s teams also came up with a trusted trader programme, where they are now partnering with companies who frequently purchase materials with their supplies and contractors based offshore.

“The traders have much more intimate knowledge of the contractors and suppliers they deal with and using this knowledge, we intend to better out border security,” he said.

Mr Quaedvlieg also announced they would be handing over equipment to FRCA and also provide training for staff. The equipment, he said, would assist Fiji greatly in enhancing its border security.

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