The Preventive Department constitutes a special organ of the Customs Division. Its functions are not only vital to the protection of national revenue through the prevention of revenue leakages, but also ensure maximum border protection against illicit trade across borders with an emphasis on community protection and public safety.
The Department deploys the use of several strategies to ensure culprits are sanctioned, backed by the Customs Act, Act 891 of 2015. The Preventive Department has the Deputy Commissioner as the head of all Preventive/Enforcement activities in relation to Customs enforcement of tax laws and International agreements which are trade, safety and security related. The Deputy Commissioner, Preventive, has oversight responsibility over all units under the collection through the sector/collection commanders.
As the country’s first line of defense, the Customs Division through its Preventive Department suppresses all forms of external aggression and other cross border crimes such as terrorism, money laundering, smuggling of arms/ammunition, narcotics, etc.
The Preventive Department has the following units: