PS CCLEC Statement on the Slaying of Nigel Christian –  Antiguan Customs and Excise Officer  10th July 2020

The Caribbean Customs  Law Enforcement Council laments the abduction July 10th 2020 and subsequent slaying of Antiguan Customs and Excise Officer Nigel Christian.   The brazen and brutal manner of his abduction and killing has left the Antiguan, Caribbean and International Customs community in shock. We unitedly condemn his slaying and are confident that the Government…






The ongoing increase in the volume of international trade means that Customs administrations need to adopt ever more sophisticated methods to facilitate legitimate trade and tackle the illicit flow of goods across frontiers.  The application of new controls brings with it the need for better training of Customs staff.  This is particularly true in the enforcement area, where the facilitation of international trade through more simplified procedures requires the development of specialist skills to prevent, detect and deter fraudulent abuses and manipulation of Customs controls.


The CCLEC is looking to engage three course writers to develop advanced online modules in the following subjects:

  1. Risk Management (to examine Risk Management Principles and Practices with a view to its practical application in a small island state)
  2. Valuation (to assist countries to implement and administer domestic Customs valuation programs that addresses local needs and meet international standards)
  3. Trade Agreements and Rules of Origin (to examine trade agreements/ROO and practical areas as it relates to the region)
  4. Classification (to develop the skills of officers in identifying the proper classification of goods under the Harmonized Coding System (HS) using more complex analytical exercises, WCO and national rulings, expert and manufacturers product descriptions, lab analysis, among other methods)


CCLEC recognizes the need for specialized training in the different Customs disciplines and the aim of these advanced modules is to meet those needs.

CCLEC’s Support to Regional Customs Departments Regarding the Coronavirus Threat

The Caribbean Customs Law Enforcement Council (CCLEC) continues to monitor regional and International Organization’s status reports, national policy statements and preparations to manage the Coronavirus outbreak already plaguing several countries worldwide.

Customs, Immigration, Health and Quarantine officers, Ports Authority workers, passengers, crew and all persons interacting at Ports have legitimate reasons to be concerned about their health and safety in view of the Coronavirus threat to the Caribbean Community.

Permanent Secretary of the CCLEC, Albert Sandy, in an advisory to Heads of Customs and Excise Departments on Monday, March 2nd expressed confidence in the ability of the SailClear/RCS2019  vessel processing System to assist Customs, Immigration and Port Health officers in managing the coronavirus threat to Caribbean states.  The SailClear/RCS 2019 System which is already in use by Caribbean Customs administrations, from Bermuda to the ABC Islands, is a live, online administrative tool that receives, prearrival notifications from pleasure yachts and other small vessels arriving from any port in the world, intending to visit any Caribbean Port(s). That information received in advance by Customs is used to assess the vessels, crew and luggage before arrival or departure, enabling Customs, immigration or other authorities (using the Customs and health declaration) to determine how to treat the vessels and their occupants.  It also serves as a facilitation tool to expedite the vessel clearance process, without the need of masters and crew presenting handwritten declarations to Customs and Immigration authorities.

Visit of WCO Secretary General to St Lucia

The Secretary General of the World Customs Organization (WCO), Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, visited St. Lucia from the 12th to 14th February 2020. During his stay the Secretary General made official visits to the Acting Comptroller of Customs and Excise, Mrs. Anita Montoute and her staff, the Government of St. Lucia and the Caribbean Customs Law…