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FRCA Working At Advancing Passenger, Cargo Profiling

The Fiji Revenue Customs Authority is working to build its profiling capabilities on passengers and cargo. FRCA team leader Compliance and Investigation, Laisa Naivalurua, said this while making her submissions
15 Nov 2016 11:00
FRCA Working At Advancing  Passenger, Cargo Profiling
Closest to the camera: Fiji Revenue Customs and Authority, Passenger Targeting Unit, Mohammed Ajaz, Manager Revenue and Customs, Mahendra Keshwan, Team Leader, Commercial, Sharmila Sharma, and Team Leader Compliance and Investigation, Laisa Naivalurua at the Airports Fiji Limited, Aviation Academy during the submissions before the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence. Photo:Litia Tikomailepanoni

The Fiji Revenue Customs Authority is working to build its profiling capabilities on passengers and cargo.

FRCA team leader Compliance and Investigation, Laisa Naivalurua, said this while making her submissions at the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence.

It was held at Airports Fiji Limited, Aviation Academy in Namaka, Nadi yesterday.

“I think this is something that FRCA is trying to build on, the profiling capability especially receiving advanced information on passengers and cargo,” Ms Naivalurua said.

“We do have the passenger targeting, but there’s only one officer in that unit. I know submissions have been made and the executives are working and trying to build on that.”

Ms Naivalurua said similar to passengers, the cargo intelligence team was effective in becoming advanced to also screen and profile.

“For cargo, the intelligence team is trying to work in the different ports, trying to work with the freight forwarders and trying to get that advanced manifest so we can also screen and profile similarly to passengers,” she added.

FRCA Passenger Targeting Unit’s Mohammed Ajaz said the unit setup was a success.

“So they screen the passenger list prior to the arrival of the aircraft and we happen to get these usually three hours before landing,” he said.

“They have the abilities and the tools to check on the names and the profiles and they go through many other systems to check the background of certain passengers.”

The Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence also heard submissions from stakeholders in the Border Control Agencies (Western Division) on the:

 World Trade Organisation – Agreement on Trade Facilitation;

 World Trade Organisation amendment to the Protocol Trade Related aspects of Intellectual Property (TRIP);

 United Nations Convention on Electronics Communications in International Contracts

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

Feedback: litia.tikomailepanoni@fijisun.com.fj

 



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