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Customs Officers Get New Opportunities To Move Up The Ranks


The Cabinet of Ministers has approved recommendations submitted by the Department of Customs & Excise to amend the Benchmark Requirements to make the process of internal mobility more equitable and accessible for Customs & Excise officers.

Prime Minister Hon. Philip J. Pierre announced the changes on June 17, 2024.

The previous Benchmark Requirements favoured academic qualifications over job experience and other related considerations. Consequently, many hardworking Customs & Excise officers were side-lined and ineligible for promotions and internal vacancies.

The new Benchmark Requirements approved by the Cabinet of Ministers will give previously side-lined Customs & Excise officers a realistic opportunity to move up the ranks and contribute to the development of the Department of Customs & Excise.

The new guidelines outlined in the updated Benchmark Requirements will allow the Public Service Commission to consider qualifications deemed equivalent to academic qualifications like certification from relevant training programmes, professional experience and performance appraisals.

Customs & Excises officers between grades 3 and 16 applying for internal vacancies and promotions will benefit from the updated Benchmark Requirements.

The new Benchmark Requirements for the Department of Customs & Excise will take effect in July 2024.

SOURCE: Office of the Prime Minister. Photo: Stock image from Customs & Excise website.


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  1. Good show! Most times hands-on experience and on the job training far outshine academic qualifications.

  2. Great move, especially for officers who are genuine dedicated employees. Not everyone has the ability to excel academically. Significantly it is commendable that staff who work well consistently are rewarded.
    Similarly this should happen right across the public sector since there are many many competent hard workers that are not qualified and contributes and not getting suitably rewarded with promotions.
    Promotions should be based on merits while qualifications also play a role.

  3. Training for undetective fire arms weapons and do not make my familles and Friends that have shops all about pay for custom fees but makes the poor man pays for even a gift..


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