Inforial (The Jakarta Post)
Fri, June 17, 2022
The Customs and Excise Agency and the Singapore Police Coast Guard (SPCG) have joined forces to coordinate border patrols to prevent illegal customs-related activities, as well as trade in other illegal goods between Indonesian and Singaporean waters.
In order to establish procedures that would be understood and implemented by both parties, Director General of Customs and Excise Askolani and Commander SPCG SAC Cheang Keng Keong held a signing meeting for the Joint Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on coordinated border patrols in Singapore on June 9. .
Head of Public Relations and Customs Consulting Sub-Directorate Hatta Wardhana said the cooperative effort was established with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on February 3, 2020. He said that the objective of the SOP was to ensure that both parties were able to implement a form of cooperation agreed upon in the MoU, namely specifically coordinated patrols.
“We hope that cooperation between [Indonesian] customs and the SPCG will continue to be well established, particularly in the implementation of the coordinated patrol. Hopefully these two agencies can maximize all forms of cooperation to prevent and eradicate smuggling, transnational organized crime related to customs issues and trade in other illegal goods,” he said.
Hatta said the Customs and Excise Agency would coordinate with the SPCG and the Financial Attaché of the Indonesian Embassy in Singapore regarding plans and mechanisms for implementing coordinated patrols and rendezvous at sea. in 2022.
In addition, the two sides also plan to build capacity and share knowledge on maritime patrols to enhance officer capabilities for the benefit of Indonesia and Singapore.