Customs to become an executive agency
The Government has announced that the Jamaica Customs Department is to be made into an executive agency of government.
Finance Minister, Audley Shaw said the department is Jamaica’s second largest income earner.
He said it’s potential for revenue collection and protection could be greatly improved with certain changes to its current standards and procedures.
According to Mr. Shaw, the customs department has been criticised by the public for its unprofessional conduct and poor customer service.
He also said allegations have been made that some Customs officials are involved in corrupt practices.
Mr. Shaw said corruption in the department could be lessened if it’s made into an Executive Agency.
He said as an executive agency, the department would be led by a Board of Directors responsible for evaluating the performance of the department.
The board would also appointment a Chief Executive Officer responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the department.