Customs Department Tightening Goods Declaration Procedure In Labuan

The existing procedure has not been fully enforced at the Menumbok customs terminal, making it difficult for the Labuan customs to apply the procedure or related export check.
The existing procedure has not been fully enforced at the Menumbok customs terminal, making it difficult for the Labuan customs to apply the procedure or related export check.

By JAILANI HASAN
LABUAN – Beginning next month, the Customs Department will fully enforce the declaration procedure on goods sent from the Sabah mainland to the duty-free-island.

The existing procedure has not been fully enforced at the Menumbok customs terminal, making it difficult for the Labuan customs to apply the procedure or related export check.

Labuan customs senior assistant director Mirani Majidi said there was a need for customs-appointed forwarding agents to enable goods to be sent to the duty-free-island here.

“The client registration in the customs system is not a new procedure or new restriction but had long been implemented in Labuan but apparently, the implementation is slightly delayed in Menumbok customs terminal,” she told Bernama Wednesday.

A Labuan customs officer at the Labuan ferry terminal when contacted said goods bound for the duty-free-island here with no customs declaration from Menumbok customs would be withheld until the compound is settled.

He said the appointed forwarding agents must declare the exported goods using form 2 or form 3 for the movement of goods.

A transporter for Labuan-Sabah-Labuan Chew Chin Hui said the procedure was not a burden to exporters as they only need to appoint customs registered forwarding agents.

“We were told the procedure will be fully enforced beginning next month after being unimplemented in the Menumbok customs for quite sometimes, as transporter, we only responsible of transporting the goods but documentation must be taken care of by the exporters,” he said.

He said the newly-enforced procedure caused more than ten trucks transporting cooking oil to the duty-free-island here stranded in Menumbok early this month, as the owners of the goods (exporters) have not appointed the forwarding agents to declare their goods.

Following the so-called technical issues, thousands of consumers on the island experienced shortage of cooking oil.