THE WORK OF A CUSTOMS OFFICER
What is the English for «òàìîæíÿ», «òàìîæåííèê»?
customs [kΛst∂mz] - import duties;
the Customs - the department of government that collects import duties.
It has other functions too.
Customs Enclosure - office/place where passengers, cargo, transport
Hallcomplete formalities and wait to be released from
a customs officer - a person who works for the Customs;
the Russian Customs Academy - a high educational institution where
young people study to qualify for the
job at the Customs
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a custom - a tradition;
a customer - a client;
“A customer is always right.”
Customs officers are multi-skilled and can move through different work areas. Some work areas involve working in shifts or overtime, indoorsor outdoors. Most officers wear uniform and work closely with public. Customs officers must be competent and correctly apply customs laws and regulations when they:
- examinepassengers and their baggage at different ports of entry ;
- clear cargo and transportat check-points and warehouses;
- process documents and collect duties;
- interdict the traffic of smuggling.
Customs officers use a wide range of tools and technology, such as computers, metal detectors, X-ray machines and scanners. There are also canine enforcement teams where dogs are trained to detect narcotics, explosives and currency.
Thousands of passengers pass through international airports every day. Many of them are questioned, some are searched and some are punished with penalties if they break laws. This work requires attention, concentration and sometimes intuition. Travelers are often tired or upset and they can be difficult to deal with. To act with diplomacy at all times and stay calm however provoked
is an important part of the job.
The Customs Service involves law enforcement, and the staff must display the highest personal and professional conduct in fulfilling their duties. Team work is essential to successful operation of all departments of the Customs, so Customs officers cooperate with other law enforcement agencies such as the Police, Border guards, Tax Police, Federal Security Bureau (FSB), etc.
There are career prospects within the Customs where staff can work at different areas to learn more and to move to another level.
Date: 2015-12-17; view: 1180