The Papua New Guinea (PNG) Customs Service has responsibility for three key functions:

  • Border and community protection;
  • Trade Facilitation; and
  • Revenue collection.

Since its beginnings in 1888, PNG Customs has contributed immensely to the development of the country as it has grown from strength to strength in spite of increasing responsibilities and challenges.

In late June 2009, the National Executive Council decided on the separation of PNG Customs from the Internal Revenue Commission. This decision will allow Customs better balance its enhanced border protection role with its trade and revenue collection functions.

Customs Legislation, Authority and Management

PNG Customs draws powers from the Customs Act 1951 to control, supervise and authorise all forms of conveyances, persons and cargo that move in and out of Papua New Guinea. PNG Customs also has jurisdiction under the Customs and Excise Tariff Acts to charge and collect duties and taxes.

PNG Customs also has responsibility for protecting the country's border and community as well as preventing transnational crimes and ensuring there is effective supply chain security.

PNG Customs has in important responsibility to work collaboratively with a number of key partner agencies both with other Government agencies as well as industry.

The Commissioner of Customs is the principle officer in the organisation and is responsible to the Treasurer and Minister for Finance.