Customs officers urged to be ethical

19Jun 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Customs officers urged to be ethical

DEUTY Commissioner General of the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) Msafiri Mbibo has called upon the authority’s customs officers to exercise accountability, professionalism and integrity when executing their daily duties.

DEUTY Commissioner General of the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) Msafiri Mbibo.

Mbibo made the remarks yesterday in Dar es Salaam when he visited two inland container depots—(SSB-ICD) which belongs to Said Bkhresa and African ICD where he inspected the cargo.

Speaking to the officers before inspecting the cargo, the Deputy Commissioner General said that ethical compliance at workplace will help alleviate complaints and improve services to tax payers who are the authority’s key stakeholders.

“It is the responsibility of every workers to protect the image of TRA, we must all work diligently and ensure the use of decent languages to customers”, said Mbibo.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Customs and Excise, Ben Usaje urged TRA employees to avoid involving themselves into accepting bribes since the act tarnishes the image of the authority.

“We all understand that requesting or receiving a bribe is contrary to our country laws. Stern legal measures will be taken against anyone proved to be engaged in corruption”, said Usaje adding thos who will be proved to ask for bribes will lose their jobs and be arraigned in court accordance with the laws.

He said that customs offices located at the ICDs are responsible for ensuring that imported cargo had followed all the procedures as well as making sure relevant government taxes are paid by cargo owners before the luggage are moved to other places.