The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) has introduced a ‘Random Selection of Imported Goods for Examination’ with effect from January 2014.
A release from the GRA said the main feature of this system will involve the selection of imported goods (commercial quantity) for examination by members of the public, on a daily basis. It said that this selection will be done at the GRA’s headquarters, 200-201 Camp Street, South Cummingsburg, Georgetown, while the examination of the goods will be done at the respective wharf/transit shed in the presence of the stakeholders and the importer. According to the release, Commissioner-General of the GRA noted that “The primary objective of the selection of imported goods for examination and having the public and stakeholders witness same, is in keeping with the Agency’s commitment of achieving greater transparency. This process will increase the public confidence in the examination process and protect the integrity of officers.”
The GRA stated that any irregularities found during the examination process will be addressed immediately in accordance with the Customs Laws and Regulations.