The Fiji Revenue & Customs Authority have to be commended for acknowledging they are not equipped to fully protect Fiji’s points of entries.
Those living in Fiji would have seen on Fiji One’s Close-Up program last Sunday how a container full of smuggled liquor and blank DVD’s had gone past FRCA’s border security systems and had been cleared and taken away by an importer.
The program revealed the liquor alone was worth 1.4 million dollars.
In today’s Fiji this is an eye-opener for authorities, especially for FRCA who are in-charge of all points of entries like the airports and wharves.
One of the FRCA managers admitted in the program that they are not fully prepared and that people are taking a chance to smuggle goods into the country.
This particular case, according to the Close-Up report was detected after a member of the public telephoned the police to complain black label alcohol was being sold in a place at a price that was much lesser than the market price.
FRCA said if it wasn’t for the tip-off, they would not have known about the smuggled liquor and the DVD’s.
The Fiji One program said the case was detected in June and at the conclusion of the program it was reported the investigations were on-going.
One only hopes people will be charged as it seems there is a smuggling ring out there who are involved.