Focus on need to abide by import rules


04-June-2009

Mr Nusse said many travellers are unaware of the rules and regulations governing the import of goods, which often results in items being confiscated or unexpected tax liabilities.
 
Where these liabilities are not paid, customs stores the goods for 30 days after which they are disposed of in the case of restricted or out-of-date goods, or auctioned off to the public.

“I’m in favour of liberalising the R3,000 limit currently in place and adjusting this to a level that reflects the value of the rupee prior to the float,” Mr Nusse said after the auction.

“We are discussing this issue with the Ministry of Finance and anticipate a favourable decision.”

Mr Nusse added that for a passenger, dealing with customs should be an experience that helps to protect our borders without excessive bureaucracy and invasive action. This is best achieved by passengers voluntarily declaring any prohibited goods or goods attracting tax.

He went on to say that the Seychelles Revenue Commission is now strengthening the integrity of the customs service.

“The integrity of my staff in this process is paramount. I have an open-door policy for those taxpayers not satisfied with the integrity of the Seychelles Revenue Commission and have implemented a zero tolerance policy on any form of unethical behaviour in dealing with the public,” he said.

If travellers have any doubt about whether an item is prohibited or whether tax applies to the import of certain goods, they can contact the commission on 372929 or visit the website www.src.gov.sc

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