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FRCA beefs up borders

Ropate Valemei
Friday, February 01, 2013

THE Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority is working in a timely manner to improve its service delivery and ensuring the nation's security at the same time.

FRCA border control manager, Semesa Bulikiobo said they had started processing passenger checks from jumbo planes at the airport within 45 minutes.

Mr Bulikiobo said this was to provide security at entry points, from off-loading cargo to disembarking international passengers

"We monitor the legitimate movement of passengers in our international airport. We have timelines for this where passenger checks for jumbo planes is only 45 minutes."

He added that for vessel cargoes, customs management must approve their off-loading after verification was done.

"When cargoes are off-loaded, they are kept at the wharf for three days, they are allowed to be stored free of charge at the wharf. Within those three days, they have to lodge their entry and pay their duty."

He said this was mainly for revenue and security purposes.