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Gov't to acquire marine surveillance equipment to tackle counterfeit goods

Monday, July 23, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of National Security, Dr Horace Chang, says the ministry has increased its expenditure to fund the acquisition of marine surveillance equipment to tackle the illicit trade of counterfeit products across Jamaica's borders.

Chang, who was addressing the Carreras Limited inaugural Anti-Illicit Trade Conference themed “Eradicating the Illicit Trade”, says the movement of contraband, which includes counterfeit products and other illicit substances, is recognised as a part of major organised crimes, and the trafficking of illegal goods through Jamaican waters or borders is a serious issue that must be tackled.

“The channels that are being used to import illegal goods are the same channels being used to import illegal guns...causing mayhem on our streets,” Chang said.

The minister commended the interests and commitment of stakeholders across the Jamaica Customs Agency and other agencies who are addressing the complex issue of illicit trade.

Representatives from the Ministry of Finance and Jamaica Customs, as well as participants from other parts of the Caribbean were also in attendance at this morning's conference which was geared towards exploring solutions to the problems of the illicit trade, which is depriving the government of some $5 billion annually in tax revenues.

Among the areas of focus of the conference were trafficking in illicit and counterfeit goods, crime prevention and risk management, coordinated border management and public-private co-operation, training and consulting in the global context of supply chains and logistics systems.

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