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The Kiribati Customs Administration & Enforcement is established pursuant to section 10 of the Customs Act 2005.

Promoting and facilitating legitimate trade, protection of society and collecting the revenue.

Contribute to the economic and social prosperity of Kiribati by providing professional and quality assured Customs services to world standards

Kiribati Customs and Enforcement (KCAE) Division moved to MOJ when the Ministry was established in September 2016. Prior to its shift to MOJ, it used to be under MFED with its major focus on revenue generation and little emphasis on border control or security. However, since its inclusion under MOJ, KCAE has readjusted its major objectives and has progressed in venturing its obligations to border security and trade facilitation aligning their roles with the Kiribati Vision in 20 years (KV20) under Security Pillar. As such, the Department is very keen to enhance and strengthen their roles for national security as well as increasing revenue for the country.

KCAE anticipates a change in its structure to cater the new directions and focus. An increase in manpower will ensure that the target is met strategically. Collaborations with other Government agencies as well as stakeholders is one of the key component that KCAE will establish and maintain so limited resources can be shared across each Government Agencies.

Strategies

  1. Facilitate legitimate trade and industry
  2. Protect society and ensure compliance with the law
  3. Collect the correct revenues to be paid to the Government
  4. Compile and maintain imports and exports statistic, including an information database
  5. Modernize and enhance Customs management, Administration and infrastructure
  6. Promote a culture of integrity within Customs and identify measures to combat corruption
  7. Maximize the computerization of Customs processes
  8. Improved and efficient passenger clearance systems in the Airport and Port
  9. Effectively communicate the business of Customs, both internally and externally and promote cooperation with stakeholders

Implementation Strategies

KCAE will utilize two key systems of management, namely:

  1. Preparing a long term strategic plan with objectives to be achieved for each area of the business of the organization, and an annual plan which defines in specific and time bound detail the activities to be achieved for the year with performance measurements and an allocation of responsibilities for implementation.
  2. Frequent monitoring of the plan to ensure risks against possible non achievement are identified at an early stage so that remedial actions can be taken.

Achievement

1.    Accede to the Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC)

KCAE during the Oceania Customs Organization (OCO) 20th Annual Conference in Melbourne, Australia, 2018, Kiribati through MOJ within KCAE become the first non-member to the World Customs Organization (WCO) to accede to one of the WCO protocol known as the Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC) in which several WCO members have not party to it.

2.    Proof of Concept – ASYCUDA World

The Proof of Concept for the ASYCUDA World, the customs system that bigger customs administrations such as Fiji, PNG, Samoa, Vanuatu using it, allows Kiribati to spearhead the survey for small customs administrations and to provide a blueprint for their considerations and funding assistance. The project co-funded by OCO and from the local contributions that supported by Cabinet. The project conducted from July 2017 and completed in December 2017. A report was provided by the Consultant highlighting the options with cost implications as well as necessary actions on certain areas that require immediate attention before Phase 2 is implemented. The Report is now ready and can be used to support the seeking of donations.

3.    Single Window Environment (SWE) (One Stop Shop)

The SWE is one of the key component for trade facilitation where electronic connectivity from all relevant Government Agencies and Stakeholders that involve directly with the Cargo release. The project was conducted simultaneously with the Proof of Concept for ASYCUDA World, commenced from July 2017 and completed in December 2017. The SWE will provide a platform to all relevant agencies so they can communicate collaboratively during the release of cargo. The SWE will play a very vital role in trade facilitation and in all free trade agreements that Kiribati involved with. A report of this project is also ready which highlight gaps and recommendations before Phase 2 can implemented. The cost of the SWE also provided given options if the cloud server is used instead of having it at the national level which provide rooms for considerations.

4.    Customs Broker Selection Mechanism.

The Technical Advisor for Customs Mr Viliame Rova together with the Customs Team has successfully conducted a 2 weeks training program for Customs Brokers. The intakes were taken after an Expression of Interest was advertised over the local newspaper where initial screening out was conducted only a few were selected to participate in the program. This is the first Customs Brokers training where 19 participants attended the training and after the 2 weeks of an intensive course a screening test was conducted to target 10 to 12 top marks to be granted with the customs brokers’ license after paying their license fee of $100 that will valid for 1 year.

Progress

1.    Legislative Review

The Customs Amendment Bill is currently in progress and to target the last Parliament Session to table for first reading. The bill will address gaps that has been identified which involves Kiribati obligations to PACER Plus Agreements and to the RKC requirements.

2.    Cabinet Endorsement on new HS 2017

The Cabinet Paper has been drafted and now await further submission to Cabinet after being finalized by Secretary of MOJ. The objective of the paper is to ensure that Kiribati is fully committed and ready to implement the new HS2017 once the customs system is able to incorporate the changes. The Cabinet Paper is aimed to be tabled before end of this year 2018.

3.    Airfreighted Cargo to Air Kiribati Limited (AKL) as the new operator

The transfer of the airfreighted cargo from Customs custody at both airports; in Bonriki and in Cassidy is one of the top priority for KCAE. After tendering out to seek the operator in 2013 and 2014, AKL was the winner and now we are working with them to finalize our arrangement. The airfreighted cargo is already under Customs procedure for AKL guidance. The target to complete this handing over will be by end of this year or early 2019. The handing over of the airfreighted cargo from Customs custody will definitely going to boost and improve the airport as well as the headquarter daily operations.

Challenges

1.    Short Staff – full manpower for operations

Due to the new focus on strengthening border security and trade facilitation, there is a need to increase the manpower so that the operations will effectively implemented.

2.    Customs Systems

The Current PC Trade System used cannot cater to incorporate the new HS 2017 and according to the PACER PLUS obligation, we are required to have a current HS 2017 version of the Customs Tariff.

3.    Training Needs (In-service Training)

Currently and as practiced, the government focused and supported three areas for the In-Service Training; such as, Teachers, Nurses and Police. We have also our Officers that need to undertake the In-Service Training.

4.    Working Environment

The Customs building was completed and opened in April 1994 with sets of all office furniture. It is more than 20 years old without regular maintenance to the building itself and all furniture need to be replaced.

Since we need to maintain our PC Trade System running and the location of the landfill which is close to the office, there is a need to install the air condition Units. This will avoid toxic smokes from the landfill when burnt as experienced in the past months where we evacuated our office and assisted our customers from the MOJ Betio.

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