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Shaw Hails work of Jamaica Customs

Published:Saturday | August 13, 2016 | 8:00 AM
Finance and Public Service Minister Audley Shaw (left) speaks with Jamaica Customs Agency Chief Executive Officer and Commissioner of Customs Major (Ret’d) Richard Reese during a meeting at the entity’s head office in Newport East, Kingston, on Tuesday.

Finance and Public Service Minister Audley Shaw has hailed the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) as an important stakeholder in the country's development.

He said that in addition to revenue collections at the ports, the entity plays a key role in ensuring national safety and security.

This is through monitoring of shipments to prevent the entry or export of contraband and illicit items, such as guns and narcotics, as well as food and pharmaceuticals deemed unfit for consumption.

"The responsibilities that you have here are really awesome because they cover so many areas that are so important to the economic development of the country," Shaw emphasised.

The minister was addressing the JCA's management and staff during a meeting at the agency's offices at Custom House in Newport East, Kingston, on Tuesday.

In lauding the management and staff, headed by Chief Executive Officer and Commissioner of Customs Major (Ret'd) Richard Reese, Shaw told them that they have a responsibility to execute their duties to the best of their ability.

He welcomed the JCA's ongoing implementation of various technology applications and platforms designed to significantly enhance the agency's operations.

Meanwhile, Reese advised of several other initiatives which have been implemented or are in the process of being rolled out.