The PNG Customs Service is an important Government agency mandated with the fundamental roles of:
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.
Customs performs the critical role of protecting the communities, industries and the economy from the insidious effects of border crimes, production and distribution of objectionable materials and the consequential risks and threats. Through its border protection role, it seeks to ensure supply chain security and facilitates global trade in a secured and agile trading environment that promotes sustainable trade and investment in the country to anchor long term growth and prosperity.
The Customs Act 1951 and Customs Regulation 1951 remain the principal legislative instruments empowering the Chief Commissioner and staff of Customs to regulate the movement of all forms of conveyances, persons and cargo. Customs is also empowered to deal with breaches of Customs laws and other associated laws.
The Import and Excise Tariffs Acts also empower Customs to charge and collect duties and taxes. The Papua New Guinea Customs Service Act 2014 confers on Customs the powers and functions necessary to administer all matters regarding personnel and resources. Funding for Customs and its operations are provided annually under the National Government Budget. Expenditure for the procurement of goods and services that are essential for the efficient functional of the organisation is regulated under the Public Finances (Management) Act 1995.
The Chief Commissioner of Customs is the principle officer in the organisation and reports directly to the Minister for Treasury and the Minister for Immigration & Border Security.