Photos: Customs opens its doors to the public

DOI - Jeremy Wonnacott

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

As part of Malta’s Public Services Week 2019, the Customs Department put together an activity-packed day open for the public. This took place at Lascaris’ Shore in Valletta.

During the event, which followed the theme “Towards an excellent service”, the public was able to see Customs’ procedures on how it protects citizens. This was done through the provision of information on the Customs process, exhibitions of equipment, dog shows, educational games and several other activities.

The activities were kicked off by Principal Parliamentary Secretary Mario Cutajar and by Customs’ General Director Joseph Chetcuti. Cutajar expressed his satisfaction for the fact that Customs has managed to seize over €100 million worth of drugs, together with over €50 million worth in contraband cigarettes. He added that in 2018, Malta’s Customs Department registered as the third-highest state in the European Union in the number of contraband products confiscated.

During the event, presentations on the operations and equipment of the Non-proliferation Unit were also made; together with presentations informing the public on the Container Monitoring Unit and Enforcement Unit as well as on the operations carried out by Customs at Malta’s airport, at the Post Office, and it’s Excise Unit.

Dogs which aid in Customs’ operations were also present for the event, and “stole the show in several exhibitions”, stated Customs.

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