The Customs Department is established under the authority of the customs law.
The collector of customs is appointed to manage, supervise and control customs.
Customs is the main agency on the frontline with the responsibility for border security of the Cayman Islands.
The import/export of goods is controlled by administering and implementing the customs law and other related laws.
Aims and Objectives
- To protect our borders and facilitate legitimate trade.
- To have compliance processes based on established risks.
- To continually improve and simplify our processes and procedures.
- To offer government and the business community within our legislative framework, the most efficient and effective service.
- To provide accurate trade statistics for government and the business community.
- To conduct our business in an open and transparent manner.
- To enhance the ability and effectiveness of our staff in performing their duties.
Compliance Management – Strategies and Initiatives
- Passenger and baggage processing
- Primary and secondary clearance system
- K-9 baggage inspection
- X-ray machine
- Cruise and cargo ships reporting
- Advance crew, passenger and cargo manifest
- Cruise and cargo ships are allowed to make report on shore
- Customs controls are carried out at shore terminals
- Sea & Air cargo Processing
- Total Revenue Integrated Processing System 2011
- To integrate all customs revenue processes
- To provide accurate accounting
- To enhance the gathering and sharing of information throughout the department
- To enhance enforcement capabilities
- Harmonized commodity description and coding system (HS Tariff)
- Established by the World Customs Organization
- Provides specific classification of goods
- Tariff codes are standardised with the World Trade Organization
- Post clearance inspections
- Inspection of full container loads at business premises
- Post auditing
- To verify compliance status of traders
- Audits testing to be conducted at business premises
- Joint marine unit (Customs, Police and Immigration)
- Joint intelligence unit (Customs, Police and Immigration)
- Established working relationships with other law enforcement agencies, locally, regionally and internationally
- K-9 for detecting various drugs
- K-9 for detecting firearms and explosives
- Trace detector machine (narcotics and explosives)
- Mobile X-ray scanning machine (cargo containers) 2011
Facilitation of Legitimate Trade and Passengers
- Electronic submission of documentation
- Electronic notification of entry status
- Electronic duty payment (debit/credit cards)
- Memorandum of understanding between customs and compliant traders
- Capability for traders to have full access to TRIPS
- Traders access to TRIPS – based on compliant status
- Traders can now process sea & air cargo at one location
- Early disembarkation of passengers arriving on cruise ships
- Reduced processing time through customs at the airport passenger terminal