The Customs Preventive Unit (CPU) 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 Unit deploys the use of several strategies to ensure culprits are sanctioned backed by the Customs Act, Act 891 of 2015. As the country’s first line of defense, the Customs Division through its Preventive Unit suppresses all forms of external aggression and other cross border crimes such as terrorism, money laundering, smuggling of arms/ammunition, narcotics, etc. In the Preventive unit there are sub-units viz; Customs Canine Unit, Rapid Deployment Team, Customs Marine Unit, Preventive Operations Unit, Preventive Surveillance Unit amongst other equally important ones.