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Customs Increases Regional Staff


Customs Increases Regional Staff

The New Zealand Customs Service is looking for 64 new officers across New Zealand as it gears up to meet new security challenges.

"Internationally, increased awareness of terrorism and transnational crime means Governments around the world, including here in New Zealand, need to know more about what’s crossing their borders,” says Customs National Manager Goods, Allen Bruford. To secure New Zealand's trade in this new international environment, Customs will invest in cargo x-ray technology and employing new staff to enhance the screening of both import and export goods. Customs screens information about all cargo, and where it identifies a high or unknown level of risk it will take further action, including the physical examination of cargo if required.

“We already examine import cargo considered to be a risk, either by x-ray, using detector dogs, or by physically inspecting the goods. However to be able to respond to the increased level of risk in the international environment, including examining export and transshipped cargo as required, we are up-sizing our capabilities,” says Allen Bruford.

A tender process for the purchase of new equipment is almost complete, and Customs is advertising this week for new officers.

"We are looking for people interested in starting a career as an examinations officer, screening import and export cargo at seaports and airports. Customs will provide comprehensive training, both in the classroom and on the job.

" If you have good people skills, like to work in a team and have a reputation for integrity, honesty and trustworthiness, then we want to hear from you now."

The new officers will be based in:

Auckland - 21 positions Christchurch (including Timaru)- nine positions Tauranga – six positions Napier – five positions Dunedin – 13 positions Wellington – seven positions.

Visit the Customs website for more details http://www.customs.govt.nz

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