The Belize Customs and Excise Department has a new Comptroller. He is no other than 54 year old Victor Recinos who is scheduled to officially take over the department on Monday December 14th.
Recinos will take over the seat from former controller Emil Grinage who has reached the retirement age and will be in charge of over 200 employees.
The 54 year old takes over the department at a time when Belize is reeked by contraband activity.
As it pertains to that subject Recinos told the Amandala Newspaper that one of the functions of the department is to carry out regular patrols at the border and to set up checkpoints in order to ensure that individuals don’t try to avoid paying duty, and that they are using acceptable ports of entry and not illegal ones, which would be in direct violation of immigrations and customs laws.
Recinos told Amandala, Quote “Once you have not passed through the proper port or you try to bring something without declaring it and paying, that is contraband.” End Quote. He also added Quote “Our job is to stop contraband because the contraband goods constitute unfair competition in the marketplace,” End Quote
Recinos went on to say that contraband is a habit that is embedded in our culture and in order to change that, we have to educate our people and make use of the full force of the law where necessary. He added, any person caught with contraband goods will be charged three times the cost of the item and any item exceeding 75,000 in value, the offender will stand trial in the Supreme Court.
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