The Customs and Excise Division (CED) said it has been reliably informed of persons; both locally and internationally, purporting to be officers of the CED who are soliciting monies from members of the public for the clearance of goods.
Reports also indicate that these impersonators target members of the public via email or social media directing them to pay excessive sums of money through direct cash payment or bank deposit in private accounts.
The Public is hereby reminded that the payment of taxes due on the importation of goods into Trinidad and Tobago is payable to the Comptroller of Customs and Excise.
These payments are to be made directly to the Division’s cashiers where an official receipt will be issued.
Members of the public are advised to contact the nearest Police Station and the Comptroller of Customs and Excise if approached by anyone purporting to be a Customs and Excise Officer/Official via any medium, soliciting monies for the clearance of goods.
The Comptroller of Customs and Excise says they remain committed to facilitating compliant and legitimate trade.