The Senate this evening passed an amendment to the Customs Act authorizing the Comptroller of Customs to make post-clearance audits.
The amendment empowers the Comptroller or any person authorized by him to inspect goods, “to ascertain the accuracy of the particulars contained in the declaration”, after releasing the goods at the port of entry into Barbados.
Among the powers that the Comptroller can give to an officer is to “by day or by night . . . enter into and search any house, shop, cellar, warehouse, room, or other place, and inspect and search the premises as well as any goods, books and documents found therein, whether the books are in manual or electronic format”.