MOU To Strengthen Collaboration Between FRCS and FPCL

The Fiji Revenue and Customs Service (FRCS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Fiji Ports Corporation Limited (FPCL) to establish a framework for collaboration and cooperation in delivery of services in Fiji within the vicinity of seaport entry.

Under the MOU both parties will consult and assist each other on sharing of relevant information and resources, develop and implement enforcement strategies and strengthen capacity building activities such as joint operations or training to ensure both parties are able to carry out their respective mandated and legislated functions and operations.

The FRCS will offer training sessions to FPCL officers covering taxation, customs, and border control matters. Additionally, it will collaborate with FPCL by exchanging pertinent customs border data, offering advice on the technical aspects of collaborative operations, and keeping FPCL informed about any updates or changes to FRCS policies or laws. In return, FPCL is tasked with sharing necessary information, such as vessel schedules and details of FPCL-owned facilities, essential for FRCS to fulfill its border-related duties effectively. FPCL is also committed to sustaining its support for FRCS in terms of fostering partnerships and maintaining business continuity.

The MOU was signed by FRCS Acting CEO Mr. Malakai Naiyaga and FPCL CEO Mr. Vajira Piyasena at the FRCS Headquarters in Nasese, Suva.

“Maritime transport accounts for almost 80% of the global trade volumes. Hence, maritime stakeholders, including FPCL are FRCS’s key strategic partners in border management. Strengthening cooperation between FRCS and FPCL will significantly enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of both FRCS and FPCL in facilitating and controlling the transportation and movement of goods across borders which are critical to the development of our national economy and for economic growth,” Mr. Naiyaga said.

“Working together closely will enable FRCS and FPCL to ensure that necessary inspections and formalities are completed in a timely and efficient manner, and in protecting our major seaports from any breaches. Given the nature of our borders and resource challenges that we have, I cannot overstress the importance of effective collaboration amongst relevant agencies in our border protection. The signing of the MOU is a step forward towards that,” he stated.

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