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Major changes for Customs Act says Reese

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 | 1:15 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica - Commissioner of Customs Major Richard Reese has warned that significant changes are coming to the Customs Act as the authorities look to come down hard on people trying to smuggle illegal items into the island.

Commissioner Reese says that a review of the Act was carried out and a draft to be submitted to the Ministry of Finance in the next two months.

"We have done a review of the Act and will now be making recommendations to the ministry of finance primarily to increasing penalties and also some amendments to address issues such as under invoicing," Reese said.

The Customs boss who said that under- Invoicing was a major area of concern, added that during the first five months of this fiscal year, the Customs Department collected an additional $276.6 million after re-valuing under-invoiced imports.

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