World International Customs Day – 2021

World International Customs Day – 2021

World International Customs Day - 2021

Held annually on the 26th of January, the International Customs Day is a commemoration of the services and role of Customs officers on the global scale.  The Ministry of Customs and Revenue celebrated the International Customs Day 2021 on the 26th January 2021 on the theme “Customs bolstering Recovery, Renewal and Resilience for a sustainable supply chain’ as celebrate by all Customs administration with active focus on the following areas:

  1. Recovery by reinforcing collaboration
  2. Renewal by embracing advanced technologies.
  3. Resilience by putting people at the center of change

The commemoration was dedicated to the united efforts of Customs administrations around the world to assist with the coronavirus crisis and support people and businesses by strengthening the global supply chain, reinforcing collaboration, harnessing technology and putting “people” at the center of the transformation process. 

The economic impact of the pandemic on companies has been colossal, with considerable disruption of global supply chains.  The initial general confusion led to a shortage of human resources, as well as additional controls that resulted in delays at borders and the government’s response was taking mitigation measures such as social distancing, quarantine, lockdowns and travel restrictions, which affected many sectors of the economy.  The crisis has proven the importance of coordination of border agencies on the global scale and can be further operationalized in the regional and national levels.  This can be done through the use on many electronic services which the WCO has promoted in years including paperless trade, emerging and enabling technologies based on the use of big data, telematics as well as seamless and accelerated clearances through harmonized clearances for e-commerce trade and the like.  The most importance of all these changes was the people who the MCR work together with, its staff and its key stakeholders, who are regarded as the center of all changes.

In commemorating the International Customs Day 2021, the Ministry of Customs and Revenue, commenced on Wednesday 20th January 2021, a 5-day program consisting of parallel awareness/training programs and consultation sessions focusing primarily on the commitments that Samoa has signed up and operationalized by the Ministry, ongoing projects and work plans relative to the trade facilitation and border security missions of the Ministry.

All 3 Services of the Ministry (Customs, Shared and Inland Revenue) took part in the awareness/training program and consultation were undertaken for Customs Brokers, Shipping Agents and Border Agencies as part of the inclusivity approach under this program.  To attest to the focus on people, the Ministry launched the first part of its official uniform, the polo t-shirts for all staff and we also ought to test the competency of our staff knowledge and understanding captured, through a staff quiz that was conducted via our Ministry ‘Moodle’ site.  To recognize staff achievements, prizes were awarded to the top individual and teams of the Ministry, in a commemorative service that was held for all staff in the Customs Headquarters.  Through this juncture, let me take this opportunity to wish all our officials in Samoa and Customs officers around the world a “Happy International Customs Day 2021.

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Important Notice to all Taxpayers in TIMS Group Three(3)

Important Notice to all Taxpayers in TIMS Group Three(3)

Important Notice to all Taxpayers in TIMS Group Three(3)

As stipulated under Regulation 29 of the Tax Administration (Tax Invoice Monitoring System) Regulations 2020, the Ministry of Customs and Revenue (“The Ministry”) will  specify group of businesses that will be required to comply with all legal requirements under the Regulations. 

The Ministry is pleased to announce that Group Three (3) List is now available on the Ministry’s website www.testing.revenue.gov.ws. All businesses on this list will soon receive  invitation letters to register and attend trainings on specified dates, at selected venues on information about how the system works with emphasis on tax compliance requirements as to avoid hefty penalties. The sessions will also emphasize TIMS’ benefits to Taxpayers, Consumers and Government.

Group 3 is required to go through the main provisions of the Regulations in order to fully understand the requirements and obligations that must be complied with for successful  implementation of TIMS. Taxpayers may access these main provisions of the Regulations via the Ministry’s website at https://www.revenue.gov.ws/home/our-services/inland-revenue-services/tax-invoice-monitoring-service/

As TIMS is a new and unchartered venture for Samoa, the Ministry has compiled a list of questions and answers to help guide businesses in Group 3 and EFD suppliers to ensure that you are implementing your obligations in accordance with the requirements under the Regulations. This document may also be found on the website https://support.tims.revenue.gov.ws/kb/index.php

For more information or enquiries please do not hesitate to contact the TIMS  Project Team on; Telephone 20411 ext. 338 or TIMS Support email tims@revenue.gov.ws or visit our TIMS Support website https://support.tims.revenue.gov.ws/

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Faasilasilaga Taua mo tagata totogi lafoga uma o loo i totonu o le TIMS Vaega Tolu(3)

E pei ona taua i lalo o le Tulafono 29 o le Tulafono Fa’atonutonu o le Fa’afoega o Lafoga (Polokalame Fa’aeleteroni e Mata’itū ai Fa’amatalaga o Oloa Fa’atau mo Lafoga) 2020, o le a fa’ailoa atu e le Matagaluega o Tiute ma Tupe Maua, le lisi o Vaega taitasi o pisinisi aua le usitaia o aiaiga ma manaoga o le Tulafono Faatonutonu.E pei ona taua i lalo o le Tulafono 29 o le Tulafono Fa’atonutonu o le Fa’afoega o Lafoga (Polokalame Fa’aeleteroni e Mata’itū ai Fa’amatalaga o Oloa Fa’atau mo Lafoga) 2020, o le a fa’ailoa atu e le Matagaluega o Tiute ma Tupe Maua, le lisi o Vaega taitasi o pisinisi aua le usitaia o aiaiga ma manaoga o le Tulafono Faatonutonu.

E fiafia le Matagaluega e faasilasila atu le Lisi o le Vaega Tolu(3) o le TIMS ua maea ona lomiina i luga o le upega tafailagi a le Matagaluega www.testing.revenue.gov.ws. O pisinisi uma ua faalauiloa i le Vaega Tolu, o le a taua’aoina atu tusi valaaulia e auai mai i a’oa’oga ma faalauiloa i aso o le a tuuina atu faatasi ai ma nofoaga o le a taua i tusi aua le fa’amatalatalaina atu o le fa’aaogaina o lenei metotia ma vaega moomia ina ia tausisia tulafono e tagata totogi lafoga ma foia ai ni fa’asalaga faamatuuina. O le a fa’apea ona fa’ailoa ai ma itu lelei o le TIMS i le Au Totogi Lafoga, Tagata faatau fa’apea le Malō.

E tatau i pisinisi o lo’o i totonu o le Vaega Tolu(3) ona taga’i i vaega tāua o le Tulafono Fa’atonutonu ina ia malamalama i tulaga mo’omia ma matafaioi (tiute) a vaega taitasi aua le fa’atinoina atoatoa o lenei metotia. O le a mafai ona maua vaega taua o lenei Tulafono Fa’atonutonu i luga o le upega tafailagi a le Matagaluega https://www.revenue.gov.ws/home/our-services/inland-revenue-services/tax-invoice-monitoring-service/

Talu ai o le TIMS o se faiga fou mo Samoa, ua tuufa’atasia e le Matagaluega ni fesili ma tali e fai ma taiala i pisinisi o loo i totonu o le Vaega Tolu(3) fa’apea pisinisi o lo’o fa’atauina masini fa’aeleteroni ina ia mautinoa le atoatoa o le fa’atinoga o tiute a vaega taitasi e pei ona taua i lalo o le Tulafono. E maua lea vaega i luga o la matou upega tafailagi https://support.tims.revenue.gov.ws/kb/index.php

Mo nisi o fa’amatalaga, fa’amolemole fa’afesootai le Vaega a le TIMS i le telefoni 20411 laina 338 poo le TIMS imeli tims@revenue.gov.ws

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Important Notice : 2021 Renewal of Customs Licenses

Important Notice : 2021 Renewal of Customs Licenses

Important Notice : 2021 Renewal of Customs Licenses

1. CUSTOMS CONTROLLED AREAS (CCA)

2. CUSTOMS BROKER OR AGENT

 

We wish to kindly advise ALL our Customs License Holders as listed above, that all your 2020 licenses have expired on 31st December 2020 and you should have renewed license before expiry date.

In the event that you still have not renewed license, please kindly come in now to renew respective license before the 31st January 2021. Failure to renew by 31st January 2021, the Comptroller of Customs will proceed to cancel your respective license.

For the CCA licenses, the expiry date of 31st December is stipulated in Customs Regulations 2015 and pursuant to Parts 3, Section 15 of Customs Act 2014, failure to renew by 31st January 2021 will follow by the cancellation of your license.

For the Customs Broker licenses, the expiry date of 31st December is stipulated in Customs Regulations 2015 and pursuant to Part 18, Section 319 of Customs Act 2014, failure to renew by 31st January 2021 will follow by the cancellation of your license.

For more information please contact – Atitala Gauta or Eseta Vaifale Afaaso on telephone 21561 or email agauta@revenue.gov.ws / evaifale@revenue.gov.ws

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Faasilasilaga Taua : Fa'afouina o Laisene mo auaunaga faale-ofisa o Tiute - 2021

1. LAISENE MO CCAs

2. LAISENE MO CUSTOMS BROKER

 

E fia faailoa atu ma le ava tele mo le au faipisinisi o lo’o umia laisene e faatinoina ai galuega faale-ofisa o tiute e pei ona lisiina atu I luga, ua faamuta nei I le aso 31 Tesema 2020 le aoga o lau laisene 2020 ma sa tatau ona faafouina ao lei maea le aso 31 o Tesema 2020.

Afai e lei fa’afouina lau laisene mo le 2021 I le maea ai o le aso 31 Tesema 2020, faamolemole agai mai loa e fa’afou loa laisene ae lei maea aso faaopoopo e faagata I le aso 31 Ianuari 2021. O lou le usitaia o lenei faasilasilaga i le maea ai o le aso 31 Ianuari 2021, o le a agai loa le Ofisa Sili o le Matagaluega, e fa’aleaogaina lau laisene.

Mo laisene CCAs (Customs Controlled Areas), e aiaia I le Tulafono Faatonutonu o tiute 2015 le aso 31 Tesema e maea ai le aoga o le laisene mo le 2020 ae o le Tulafono o Tiute 2014, Vaega 3, parakarafa 15, e fa’aleaogina ai se laisene pe’a maea le aso 31 Ianuari 2021 e lei fa’afouina le laisene tiute o lau pisinisi.

Mo laisene mo Customs Broker, e aiaia I le Tulafono Faatonutonu o Tiute 2015 le aso 31 Tesema e maea ai le aoga o le laisene mo le 2020 ae o le Tulafono o Tiute 2014. Vaega 18, parakarafa 319, E fa’aleaogaina ai se laisene pe’a maea le aso 31 o Ianuari 2021 e lei fa’afouina le laisene tiute o lau pisinisi.

Mo nisi fa’amatalaga, fa’amolemole fa’afesootai mai Atitala Gauta po o Eseta Vaifale Afaaso I le telefoni 21561 poo le emeli:agauta@revenue.gov.ws / evaifale@revenue.gov.ws

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Important Notice to all Taxpayers in TIMS group two(2) & group three(3)

Important Notice to all Taxpayers in TIMS group two(2) & group three(3)

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL TAXPAYERS IN ‘TIMS’ GROUP TWO (2) & THREE (3)

The Ministry of Customs and Revenue (MCR) wishes to remind all businesses in Groups two and three that the commencement dates to register and install an Electronic Fiscal Device (EFD) still remains on the new rescheduled dates on the 1st April 2021 for Group 2 and 1st July 2021 for Group 3. Please be informed that there will be no further extensions granted unless valid reasons provided in a form of written letter to the Commissioner of Inland Revenue Services with supporting documents. Businesses in Groups 2 & 3 are advised to register and install Electronic Fiscal Devices (EFDs) as soon as possible before their respective commencement dates to avoid penalties. Groups 2 & 3 lists are available and published on the Ministry’s website to download or contact our TIMS unit if unsure which Group your business fall under.

Group 2 and 3 Reminder

 – For businesses in Groups 2 and 3 who have missed out on their training sessions in 2020, please be advised that the Ministry is currently conducting trainings on all matters relating to TIMS at the DBS Building IRS Conference room, please contact our TIMS Unit on telephone 20411 extension 338 or our TIMS support email tims@revenue.gov.ws for available sessions and confirm participation.

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FAASILASILAGA TAUA I TAGATA TOTOGI LAFOGA UMA O LOO I TOTONU O LE VAEGA LUA (2) MA LE TOLU (3) O LE ‘TIMS’

E fa’amanatu atu e le Matagaluega o Tiute ma Tupe Maua pisinisi uma o loo i totonu o le Vaega lua ma le Tolu aso amata e resitala ma fa’apipii ai Masini Fa’aeleteroni, o loo tumau pea aso amata ile aso 1 Aperila 2021 mo le Vaega Lua ma le aso 1 Iulai 2021 mo le Vaega Tolu. Fa’amolemole e fa’ailoa atu e le toe iai ni taimi fa’aopopo sei vagana ni mafuaaga tatau e fa’aauala mai ile tusi talosaga i le Komesina o le Ofisa o Lafoga fa’atasi ai ma fa’amaumauga e lagolago ai le talosaga. E fautuaina pisinisi uma i totonu o le Vaega Lua ma le Tolu e resitala ma fa’apipii Masini ma Polokalame fa’aeleteroni i se taimi vave ae lei oo i aso amata e foia ai fa’asalaga tau TIMS. Ua tuuina le lisi o le Vaega 2 ma le 3 i luga o la matou upega tafailagi pe fa’afesootai le matou vaega o le TIMS pe a le mautinoa le vaega o loo i totonu lau pisinisi.

Fa’amanatu mo le Vaega Lua ma le Tolu

 – Mo pisinisi uma i totonu o le Vaega Lua ma le Tolu sa le mafai ona auai mai i aoaoga ile 2020, e fa’ailoa atu o loo fa’atinoina nei e le Matagaluega ni aoaoga fa’aopopo i mataupu uma e fa’atatau ile TIMS ile Faletupe Atinae o Samoa, Potu Fono Ofisa o Lafoga Fogafale 4, fa’amolemole fa’afesootai mai le Vaega o le TIMS ile telefoni 20411 laina 338 poo le imeli ile tims@revenue.gov.ws mo aso o aoaoga ua fa’atulagaina ma fa’ailoa mai sui auai.

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Rescheduled Commencement Dates To Comply with TIMS.

Rescheduled Commencement Dates To Comply with TIMS.

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL BUSINESS TAXPAYERS RESCHEDULED COMMENCEMENT DATES TO COMPLY WITH THE TAX INVOICE MONITORING SYSTEMS (TIMS)

 

  1. The Ministry of Customs and Revenue (’MCR’) wishes to advise all taxpayers, including those already registered and listed in Groups 1 and 2 for TIMS purposes, that due to many requests for extension of time to comply with THIS, MCR has now rescheduled commencement dates for each Group as to comply with TIMS Regulations 2020 as follows:

TABLE ENGLISH VERSION

2. For taxpayers of Group 1 who had been granted time extensions on a case-by-case basis, please note that the above rescheduled commencement dates for TIMS purposes, is now our official extensions for every

3. Please kindly note that these are our FINAL time extensions for every taxpayer in each Group which you are assigned in by the Commissioner. The last column of the above table provides a very important message for all to note. Please register now and install TIMS later.

4. We welcome with much anticipation our business taxpayers who want to voluntarily comply and ready to register and commence implementation of TIMS now. You do not necessarily have to wait for your invitation out most welcome to contact us now and we will provide the support that is

5. There are a number of Point of Sale (“POS”) and E-SDC products that have been accredited and published on the Ministry’s website (revenue.gov.ws). Business with no invoicing system are strongly advised to consult the published material to select the best option that suits the nature of your business activities.

6. For those who have an invoicing system which is not yet accredited, please contact your vendor to inform them of the requirement to have their product(s) accredited. The first step for accreditation is visiting the Ministry’s website (https://www.revenue.gov.ws/sub-menu/131-accreditation) to access the manuals and sandbox for

7. Effective from date of this notice, the Commissioner will require business owners (if sole trader), the authorized partner (if partnership) and General Manager/Managing Director/Financial Controller (if company), to be the “authorized” contact person for TIMS purposes and will liaise with that authorized person only. We will no longer accept tax agents, accountants, consultants, or resellers of various POS systems, to liaise with the Ministry on specific issues relating to TIMS compliance. This will make it easier for the Ministry to explain direct our requirements to the taxpayer who is also the authorized person as to avoid miscommunication and additional costs to the taxpayer.

8. To our esteemed Businesses that have already installed TIMS and issued fiscal invoices, MCR appreciates and applaud your courage and resilience to comply despite the challenges of many factors beyond your controls. Please continue with your commended voluntarily compliance path and MCR will continue to provide the priority support and assistance that is available at any time.

9. A complete list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding all TIMS related matters is available online https://support.tims.revenue.eov.ws/

10. For more information or enquiries please contact our TIMS Support Team on email tims@revenue.gov.ws

 

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Customs Services 

Ph: +685 21561 (Matautu)

Ph: +685 51574 (Savaii)

PO Box 44, Apia 

info service@revenue.gov.ws

Inland Revenue Services 

Ph: +685 20411 (Apia)

Ph: +685 51574 (Savaii)

PO Box877, Apia 

www.revenue.gov.ws

FA’ASILASILAGA TAUA MO TAGATA FAIPISINISI FETU’UNAIGA TOE FAATULAGAINA O ASO AMATA MO LE TAUSISIA OLE METOTIA MO LE MATAITUINA O LAFOGA

  1. E faasilasila atu mo le mamalu o Tagata Faipisinisi uma, e aofia ai ma i latou ua maea  ona resitalaina i Vaega 1 ma le 2 mo fuafuaga o le TIMS (Tax Invoice Monitoring  System), le toe fetu’unaiga o aso amata e aloa’ia ai le tausisia o le Metotia  Faaeletoroni  mo le Mata’ituina o Tupe Maua ma Lafoga (“TIMS”), ona o le toatele o  talosaga ua tu’uina mai mo se taimi fa’aopoopo ina ia faatino ai tapenaga aua le  usita’ia o aiaiga o le TIMS. E tusa ma Vaega e Lima (5) ua faavasegaina ai tagata  faipisinisi, ua toe fetu’unai faasolosolo ai aso amata e pei ona lisiina atu i lalo:

tABLE SAMOA VERSION

2. Mo i latou o le Vaega 1 ua mae’a ona talia a latou talosaga ta’ito’atasi mo taimi  fa’aopopo, fa’amolemole silasila i le taimi fetu’unai ua tu’uina atu i luga, ua avea nei ma  taimi a1oai’a fa’aopopo mo tagata faipisinisi urna.

3. Fa’amolemole, o le a lé toe taliaina se talosaga mo taimi fa’aopopo mo so’o se isi o  Vaega ta’itasi ua fa’apea ona tu’uina iai lau pisinisi e le Komesina o Lafoga. E taua Lou  faitau manino i aiaiga ua tu’uina atu i le vaega mulimuli o le siata ua tu’uina atu i luga.  Fa’amolemole, resitala nei loa, ae amatalia mulimuli le TIMS.

4. Matou te taliaina ma le fiafia tele so’o se tagata faipisinisi ua sauni e resitala mai mo le  fa’atinoina o le TIMS, ae 1e’i o’o i lou taimi amata. E te le tau fa’atali mo le taimi e  tu’uina atu ai e le Matagaluega lou valaaulia e te resitala ma amataina ai le tausisia o  le  TIMS, ae e telè le avanoa e te afio mai lava oe, ma o le a tu’uina atu fo’i le auaunaga  fesoasoani ma le lagolago a le Matagaluega pe a mo’omia.

5. O lo’o iai masini “Point of Sale” (POS) fa’apea polokalame (E-SDC) e fa’amauina  fa’amatalaga o tupe maua ua mae’a ona pasia ma fa’alauiloaina i luga o le  upegatafa’ilagi a le Matagaluega (www.revenue.gov.ws). O pisinisi urna e le o  fa’aaogaina se masini fa’aeletoroni mo fefa’ataua’iga, ua fautuaina le aga’i i luga o  upegatafa’ilagi a le Matagaluega mo le filifiliaina o se polokalame e fetaui lelei mo lau  pisinisi.

6. Mo i latou o lo o fa’aaogaina masini e fa’amauina fa’amatalaga o tupe maua ae le’i pasia mo le TIMS fa’amolemole, vave feso’ota’i ma talanoa i lea kamupani i aiaiga e faatino ina ia mafai ai ona pasia lea polokalame mo le TIMS. Ole vaega muamua e faatino ina ia pasia ai lana polokalame, aga’i i le upegatafa’ilagi a le Matagaluega mo fa’agasologa ole fa’atinoina o tulaga ina ia agava’a ma pasia ai le Point of Sale.

7. Mai le aso o lenei fa’asilasilaga e amata fa’amamaluina ai e le Komesina le tagata faipisinisi ta’ito’atasi (sole trader), le pa’aga aloai’a (authorized partner) po’o le Pule Sili, Pule Fa’atonu, Pule Vaaia Tupe a le kamupani, e avea ma tagata aloa’ia (authorized person) o le pisinisi e feso’otaì ma le Matagaluega i taimi urna mo tapenaga, aoaoga, resitala ma isi mea, mo le TIMS. E lé toe taliaina le tu’uina mai o se sooupu o lafoga, tausitusi, faufautua po’o se tagata o 1o’o sooupu e faatauina atu masini POS, e avea ma tagata aloai’a mo le pisinisi aua feso’ota’iga mo le TIMS. Ua faia lenei tulaga ina ia faigofie i le Matagaluega ona tuu sa’o atu le fa’amatalaga manino ma le sa’o fa’apea aoaoga mo le TIMS i le tagata tonu faipisinisi, ma o le a taugofie fo’i lea mo le tagata faipisinisi.

8. Mo le mamalu o le au faipisinisi ua mae’a ona resitala, faatino ma tausisia vaega ole TIMS aemaise le tu’uina atu o risiti fa’aeletoroni mo tupe maua, e patipatia ma talisapaia ma le agaga fiafia e le Matagaluega la outou lagolagosua ma le loto toa e tausisia aiaiga o lenei tulafono fou e ui i le tele o lu’itau o lenei vaitaimi. E talosagaina pea la outou lagolagosua ina ia fa’aauau pea le fa’atinoina o le TIMS ma o le a tu’uina atu pea le tau’au fesoasoani ma le fa’amuamua a le Matagaluega i taimi e mo’omia ai.

9. Ua tapenaina fo’i e le Matagaluega se lisi o “Fesili ina Tali’ e uiga i le TIMS ma nisi vaega feso’ota’i, e mafai ona maua i luga ole upegatafa’ilagi a le Matagaluega https://support.tims.revenue.gov.ws

10. Mo nisi fa’amatalaga, fa’afeso’ota’i mai le Vaega Lagolago a le TIMS i le imeli tims@revenue.gov.ws

 

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