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Customs Changes Payment Policy

The Customs Department has changed its policy towards payment by cheques and will no longer accept personal cheques at any of its collection points.

Starting 14 November 2016, the department will receive payment only in cash, bank drafts, and credit and debit cards in either CI or US dollars.

"We have changed our policy upon identifying a significant risk to government revenue due to receiving a number of dishonoured cheques," Collector of Customs Charles Clifford said. "We apologise for any inconvenience this change might cause some of our customers, especially those who are always law-abiding" he added.

"Persons who knowingly tender 'bad' cheques should note that they are, in effect, committing a criminal offence and are therefore liable to prosecution," noted Acting Deputy Collector Kevin Walton, who heads the Customs Revenue Collection Portfolio.

"We are looking forward to smoother collection of revenue as a result of the policy change, notably during the upcoming busy season," he said.


For further information contact: Bina Mani