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Customs to introduce electronic monitoring system

Published:Thursday | March 31, 2016 | 4:40 PM

The Jamaica Customs Agency is to implement a tax stamp system for the monitoring of alcohol and cigarettes.

Commissioner of Customs, Major Richard Reese, says the system will allow the agency to verify the authenticity of alcohol and cigarettes in trade and trace the products on the market.

Commissioner Reese says customs and other government agencies have been concerned about the importation of alcohol and cigarettes and have been working on fixing shortfalls.

He says with the new system, an electronically readable stamp will be placed on the products at the source.

The customs head says once the agency's Contraband Enforcement Team or the police conduct inspections or surveillance and detect alcohol or cigarettes without the requisite stamp, the goods will be confiscated, forfeited and the individual arrested and charged.

Commissioner Reese says the new system will be introduced on a phased basis and an announcement will be made shortly on the implementation.

He was speaking during an interview with JIS News following a meeting with Minister of National Security, Robert Montague and State Minister, Senator the Pearnel Charles Junior., at the agency’s Newport East facilities in Kingston on Wednesday.