| Azlan Othman |
SENIOR officials from the Ministry of Finance (MoF) and members from the Brunei Freight Forwarders Association (BRUFA) recently held a meeting at the Royal Brunei Customs and Excise Department’s headquarters, where they discussed enhancing and facilitating trade at ports, airports and borders, the soon-to-be-implemented Brunei Darussalam National Single Window (BDNSW), and a way forward for the country’s logistic industry to boosting economy.
The dialogue was attended by Eddie bin Dato Paduka Haji Sunny, the Permanent Secretary (Performance) at the MoF and Maswadi bin Haji Mohsin, Acting Controller of the Royal Customs and Excise Department, as well as BRUFA’s Shran Singh and Secretary General Thomas Koh.
BRUFA members welcomed the government’s timely efforts by the government, which will enable relevant regulators to operate under a common platform to expedite importation and exportation permits. They hope that this will lead to a smoother, more efficient and expeditious process, and also further enhancements to enable payments be made online.
BRUFA also encourages departments involved with the BDNSW to include in the portal all the current rules and regulations so as to make it easier for registered customs agents and importers to comply.
The association, which also called on its members to get themselves ready in terms of increasing their technology in both hard and soft infrastructures to meet the increasing standards.
BRUFA currently has about 30 authorised members to handle air, sea and land services both domestically and internationally, servicing almost 80 per cent of the import and export at checkpoints.
The association is also affiliated with international organisations such as the Asean Federation of Freight Forwarders and Federation of Asia Pacific Air Cargo Association, while also being a member of the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations.