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138 overstayers leave Cayman using amnesty protection

A total of 138 overstayers have made use of the Customs and Border Control amnesty launched late last month.

Holding down the fort: Women left behind in Cayman’s seafaring years

Caymanian men’s entrenched reputation as excellent seafarers, and the resulting exodus of men to work on ships overseas in the ‘50s and ‘60s, left...

CBC boss Clifford appointed MBE

Customs and Border Control director Charles Clifford has been appointed a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the...

Customs comes under the microscope

Operations at Cayman’s new Customs and Border Control department will be examined Wednesday as the Public Accounts Committee resumes hearings.

Customs officers undergo nefarious financing awareness training

Customs and Border Control officers attended five, one-day training sessions earlier this month to better track and deal with specific kinds of financial crimes that they could encounter at entry and exit points in the Cayman Islands.

Drug-smuggling customs officer jailed for 16 years

The cocaine importation case of David Karl Lobo reached its conclusion Friday in Grand Court when the customs officer was sentenced to 16 years in prison. Lobo was found to have played a “leading role” in a smuggling operation that brought 1.8 kilograms into Cayman in May of 2017.

Border agency reveals new logo

The Cayman Islands new Customs and Border Control agency will have a fresh new look when it opens for business January.

Border control merger a ‘multi-year’ project

The merger of Immigration and Customs into a joint border control agency could take years to implement, Premier Alden McLaughlin said Wednesday.

Two Customs warehouse workers arrested

Two male Customs warehouse employees were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of theft from the warehouse and related offenses, Collector of Customs Charles Clifford stated.
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‘Intelligence-led’ approach for new border agency

The merger of customs and immigration functions will coincide with a new “intelligence-led” approach to processing arriving passengers, according to the head of Cayman’s new border force.

Basic training begins for customs, immigration recruits

Twelve new customs officers began their basic training last week after joining the service following a recruitment drive.

Customs, CAL workers arrested for drugs offenses

A Cayman Islands customs officer and a Cayman Airways employee have been arrested on suspicion of importing ganja, Customs Collector Charles Clifford confirmed Monday.
Shipping containers at Port Authority

Customs addresses shipment delay complaints

Four-week waits to receive vehicle parts or three-week waits to receive shipped goods from local customs agents that have occurred in the past few months are not the norm, according to Customs Collector Charles Clifford, who responded in detail this week to questions from the Cayman Compass concerning a number of public complaints about delays in receiving imported items.

‘Glitches’ delay new customs IT system

Officials are delaying for about a week the implementation of a new customs department declarations system aimed to facilitate online payments for stamp duty from businesses because of what were described as technical “glitches.”

Sugar glider pair bailed again

Bail was extended for the fifth time last week for a man and woman accused of smuggling an exotic pet, known as a sugar glider, into the Cayman Islands. They will find out later this month if they will face criminal charges over the incident.

Registrations start Monday for new Customs system

Registration will be open from Oct. 16-27 for a new entry-declaration system for the territory’s importers, the Customs Department announced on Tuesday.

Senior customs officer suspended with pay

A senior Cayman Islands customs officer has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of an Anti-Corruption Commission investigation.

Customs to launch electronic clearing system Nov. 1

The Customs Department will roll out a new online process beginning Nov. 1 to make it easier for importers to clear goods electronically. “This will be the first phase of the business modernization and refining process that Customs will embark on over the next three years,” said Collector of Customs Charles Clifford.

Bail granted 4th time in ‘sugar glider’ case

Police have extended bail for the fourth time for the suspects involved in the alleged smuggling of an exotic pet known as a “sugar glider” into Cayman. “The suspects’ bail has been extended until Oct. 4 and no charges have been filed as yet."

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