CaP roadshow enables to receive public feedback

Lyna Mohamad

The roadshow sessions for the Caj Perkhidmatan (CaP) under the Exit and Entry Charges Order, 2020 is a way for the Royal Customs and Excise Department of the Ministry of Finance and Economy (MoFE) to receive public feedback, Acting Controller of Customs and Excise Haji Muhsin bin Haji Ahmad yesterday.

“Our department has been receiving feedback which require further study and discussion,” he said on the sidelines of the first roadshow for the Brunei-Muara District at the MoFE Theatre Hall.

“We are grateful to learn of the issues that are being raised and appreciate that many citizens are welcoming this initiative and will cooperate with the department.”

Permanent Secretary (Performance and Corporate) at the MoFE Suraya binti Haji Jaidin informed the attendees that following the enforcement of the Exit and Entry Charges Order 2020 on August 1, citizens and residents intending to leave or enter Brunei through the border checkpoints by vehicle or on foot will need to pay the CaP.

The charge rate is BND3 per person for each one-way trip and BND6 per person for a return trip.

Failing to make payment before entering or exiting Brunei is an offence under Section 6 (3) of the Exit and Entry Charges Order 2020.

If found guilty, the penalty is a fine of no more than BND1,000 or imprisonment of no more than three months, or both.

Legislative Council (LegCo) member Yang Berhormat Haji Mohimin bin Haji Johari @ Jahari and other attendees at the event. PHOTOS: SIM Y H
Permanent Secretary (Performance and Corporate) at the Ministry of Finance and Economy Suraya binti Haji Jaidin and Acting Controller of Customs and Excise Haji Muhsin bin Haji Ahmad during the roadshow

Those who fail to comply with the Order can also be levied with a compound fine of no more than BND500 under Section 16 of the Exit and Entry Charges Order 2020.

Providing false or incorrect information is an offence under Section 13 of the Exit and Entry Charges Order 2020. If found guilty, the offender will face a fine of no more than BND8,000 or imprisonment of no more than one year, or both.

The Order gives the Controller of Customs and Excise, Royal Customs and Excise Department the power to charge any person who intends to leave or enter Brunei through the land control posts.

The permanent secretary also highlighted that the prohibition for the citizens and residents of Brunei Darussalam to leave the country is still being maintained, as advised by the Ministry of Health (MoH). Those intending to leave and enter the country must first obtain clearance from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

Those who intend to leave or enter Brunei Darussalam by land may register and submit their applications to the Royal Customs and Excise Department via the Exit and Entry System (EES), which can be accessed at https://login.bdnsw.gov.bn/ees.

The steps for application are similar to the Vehicle Entry-Exit System (VES) previously implemented by the Royal Customs and Excise Department.

Additional information, such as the driver’s and passengers’ details, along with payment, can be made through the EES.

Payment can be made with credit or debit cards through the EES, after which the QR code will be generated.

Alternatively, payment can be made through e-banking at all banks nationwide or by cash at BIBD counters. Both these methods require the applicant to log into the EES again after payment, to get the QR code.

Members of the public are reminded that travel documents must be valid for at least three months before the travel date, as required by the Immigration and National Registration Department at the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA). Vehicle owners must also possess a valid vehicle licence and road tax when crossing border.

Legislative Council (LegCo) member Yang Berhormat Haji Mohimin bin Haji Johari @ Jahari, Assistant Customs Controller Khairul Bariah binti Ahmad and Acting Assistant Customs Controller Nurul Hadayatul Amra binti Abu Bakar also attended.