Customs and shipping agents have been reminded of their crucial role in the Fijian Government’s plan to phase our ozone depleting substances (ODS).

Given their role in facilitating and screening goods, they’ve been urged to report any suspicious goods, and align to the work of stakeholders in securing Fiji’s borders.

“The Department of Environment has in place an import/export licensing system to help control and monitor the amount of ODS entering and leaving our borders,” noted Acting Minister for Waterways and Environment, Hon Ashneel Sudhakar at their training workshop in Nadi.

“This comes in light of trans-border environmental crimes, which has become a growing problem with serious consequences ranging from dumping of hazardous waste to smuggling of environmentally sensitive commodities, such as ODS and toxic chemicals, to the trafficking of endangered species.”

The training on ODS by customs and shipping agents is a biannual event.