Separate Custom lanes at airport for declaring goods

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Customs and Excise Department at the Berakas International Airport will be introducing two separate lanes for incoming passengers' declared or non-declared goods as of July 1, 2011, a press statement by the Ministry of Finance (MoF) said yesterday.

The red and green lanes or 'channels' will be allocated under Chapter 99 of the Customs Order, 2006 and will follow guidelines issued by the World Customs Organisation (WCO) to meet international standards.

The ministry said that the move is to make entry to Brunei easier for passengers by giving them the option when declaring their goods they brought in.

The statement said that passengers choosing the red lane, would mean they have made a statutory declaration that the goods they have brought with them are subject to taxes, customs or special permission by concerned authorities.

Documents to declare goods are available from the plane or the arrival hall at the airport.

Passengers entering the green lane are those with no goods to declare.

MoF has also stated that under Chapter 99 of the Customs Order, 2006, the Customs and Excise department will have the authority to inspect and confiscate any questionable goods, whether they were brought through the green or red lane. False declarations are subject to fines from up to $40,000 or one year imprisonment, or both.

Passengers or visitors with inquiries on the matter can contact the customs officer on duty at the airport, the statement said.

The Brunei Times