Plans still in place to integrate customs department into BRA

Government is moving ahead with plans to integrate the Customs and Excise Department into the Barbados Revenue Authority.

Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler said a two-year pause had affected the efficiency of the ports of entry, adding that of major concern for the Customs and Excise Department is their lack of staff. 

He revealed that during the period 2015-2017, 30 customs officers had retired and this has resulted in an immediate deficit in the department and difficulty finding those equipped to handle the posts.

“Unfortunately, although we have seen an increase in the civil establishment of the department and the persons working there, this is not sufficient to match the sheer volume of work coming through the ports of entry,” he said. 

“We have a customs department that could do with some more workers,” he added. 

The minister highlighted that the position of customs officer required specific skills which could not be found among all members of the civil service. He suggested that a systematic approved training course be created through the BRA. 

On the issue of increased gun violence in the country, Sinckler implored customs officers, brokers and the general populace to do their part in eradicating any channels through which illegal weapons make their way into the country. 

“We are fully committed in the Government . . . to working with you . . . in keeping our trade clean, keeping it consistent and to our benefit,” he added. 

Sinckler was speaking to members of the Customs Brokers Association at their annual general meeting at the Small Business Centre yesterday.

22 Responses to Plans still in place to integrate customs department into BRA

  1. MARIA Holder September 24, 2017 at 8:05 am

    Assume Ostrich position. Three years after the setting up of BRA, officers there are still no wiser about their pension status. No one in their right mind wants to work with the Revenue Commissioner. How do you expect Customs Officers to sign onto an entity that if it were possible the existing BRA officers would gladly leave? I assure you that many Customs officers are prepared to go hime (those that are pensionable) before thay sign onto BRA

    If it wasn’t obvious the connection (the Sandiford factor) between you and the Revenue Commissioner, you might learn the truth

  2. hcalndre September 24, 2017 at 11:02 am

    This MOFailure said that they are no qualified Custom personnel to replace the retired officers because they don`t have the skills. I that have no connection with the Customs would not believe such even without a brain, so by integrating the customs with BRA they will find qualified people. Thirty retired officers can`t be replaced as yet, what is the real reason minister? What you have said, the Custom officers should tell you where to get off because many of them are much smarter than you and for 9 years all you did is tax the country with no results, only failures.

  3. Carson C Cadogan September 24, 2017 at 11:34 am

    Integrate Customs into the BRA?

    Customs officials should be integrate in to prison cells at Dodds Prison. They are Allowing illegal guns to flow freely into Barbados

    • hcalndre September 24, 2017 at 12:36 pm

      If the FBI gets involve you may be surprise because bajans have a way of pointing their fingers at the wrong people.

      • Jennifer September 24, 2017 at 3:57 pm

        Ok then. But that is all they can do. Try otherwise.

  4. Alex Alleyne September 24, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    Plans in place too for CARICOM waiting for “REPARATION” from ENGLAND.

    • Jennifer September 24, 2017 at 4:00 pm

      Oh dear Alex Hun. You gine wait till never.

      • Jennifer September 24, 2017 at 4:08 pm

        There are two problems with reparations:- too much effort was laid down to get this people to this position. It is more beneficial to keep you where you are, which is the same position.

  5. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall September 24, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    Oh dear what can the mayter bw.

  6. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba September 24, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    i hope of different plans for u…….

  7. Cess news September 24, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    Carson Cadogan they had u for investigation not Customs Officer….that is why the range rover you bring to this country in parts give you licks to work…..

  8. Alex Alleyne September 24, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    @Jennifer,,,,, we know the deal.

  9. Wendy Knight
    Wendy Knight September 24, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    All sorts of plans in place now. The electorate got a plan too

    • Ervin Bowen
      Ervin Bowen September 24, 2017 at 9:26 pm

      My friend it might be the same as 2013

    • Wendy Knight
      Wendy Knight September 24, 2017 at 9:29 pm

      Ervin Bowen we all know that it is possible. Hold tight!

  10. Foster September 24, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    This might be a good start for the MOF perhaps he might talk to the Customs Officers next. In all the years that he has been Minister he has never visited the Customs or talked to the Officers. Is this the same minister who put appointments for Customs Officers on hold? Why would a training course be created through the BRA.?

  11. Sue Donym September 24, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Another project of the Do Little Posse – adjourned sine die!

  12. Carol Grant Cumberbatch
    Carol Grant Cumberbatch September 25, 2017 at 4:03 am

    Why at the last minute you have all these plans in place….what about the three years ago plan you promised us our income tax..

  13. Tony Webster September 25, 2017 at 5:42 am

    Effin some of these Goriliphants told me that today was Monday, 25th September 2017…I would check the calendar; my watch; today’s Daily Nation….and then get a large pinch of salt.

    These guys have lost ( correction: thrown-away) the most essential components in governance: credibility, and trust. Waaaaaaaaay past their use-by date. Yet…yet…Lord help us…Froon fiddles…

  14. Edward Ryce
    Edward Ryce September 25, 2017 at 11:14 am

    We got plans too

  15. Everton Belle
    Everton Belle September 25, 2017 at 11:53 am

    Please get this lying person out he is just saying that now because Election is coming up do not let this fool get back in because if the Barbados people let this fool get back in it going to get worst

  16. Jo public September 25, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    MoF does care because his pension is secured with no repercussions for his numerous failures over the last 9 years


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