Given the importance of trade in promoting a dynamic private sector, ERI has a highly skilled customs reform team that focuses on reforms of customs legislation, customs regulations, tariff structures and customs procedures.
ERI’s approach to the reform of customs laws and procedures include:
- The system must allow for very limited discretion in order to ensure the integrity of the procedures;
- Procedures for the processing of exemptions must be standardized to ensure that discretion is kept to a minimum;
- Officers of the Customs and Excise Service must be granted powers to examine records (including electronic records), to seize evidence, and to search premises;
- Improved administrative procedures must be introduced for exemption processing;
- Warehousing procedures must be simplified;
- Robust procedures for rulings and appeals are an essential part of a modern system;
- Penalties for violations should reflect the gravity of the offense and provide disincentives for violating articles in the legislation;
- There should be adequate provision for the sharing of information and data between agencies within Solomon Islands as well as for the international exchange of information and data.
- If it does not already exist, legislation must contain a provision that will allow for conversion to electronic automated entry processes.
- Notification requirements for ships and aircraft entering the country must be based on ex-ante notifications.