Customs to introduce new forms

Posted on Feb 08 2019

The CNMI Division of Customs is looking to introduce new customs declaration forms—one that is smaller and with fewer questions.

NMI Customs chief Jose Mafnas said they are working with the Marianas Visitors Authority to change the forms.

The forms are being printed by MVA, according to deputy managing director Judy Torres, of which they also keep an inventory at their office in San Jose.

“We plan to make it smaller and we will also be working with the [CNMI Office of the Attorney General] to check the language and the laws that are cited [in the forms],” said Mafnas.

Mafnas said the new forms would be smaller and easier for residents and visitors to fill it out. It has been observed that some people were having a hard time answering all the questions in the old customs forms.

“We will consult MVA to see if they can lessen or remove some of the questions. We can make it small and concise,” said Mafnas.

“We’re trying to do it [introduce the forms] this year. MVA will give us the time for them to get whatever they have on stock and have them printed.”

Customs will give the airlines their copies of the new forms once everything is finalized, with the AG clearing the language and once the MVA finishes printing them.

Gov. Ralph DLG Torres advised Customs, MVA, and the OAG to work together in accomplishing the project so the new forms could be used soon.

Jon Perez | Reporter
Jon Perez began his writing career as a sports reporter in the Philippines where he has covered local and international events. He became a news writer when he joined media network ABS-CBN. He joined the weekly DAWN, University of the East’s student newspaper, while in college.
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