Since its humble 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.

130 years on, PNG Customs is a vibrant, independent and modernized organisation widely regarded as one of the leading Government organisations in the country with over 500 officers employed in over 20 different locations in14 provinces.

Under the leadership of Chief Commissioner Ray Paul and Commissioners James Bire (Trade & Corporate Service) and Benjamin Sine (Border Security), PNG Customs continues to uphold its mandated duties of:

  • Border and Community Protection;
  • Trade Facilitation; and
  • Revenue Collection.

PNG Customs draws its 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 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 Chief Commissioner of Customs is the principle officer in the organisation and is responsible to the Minister for Treasury.