News Release: HAMILTON, Bermuda – The Customs Department under the Ministry of National Security will observe International Customs Day on January 26th, 2024. 

Collector of Customs Lucinda Pearman explained: “The Customs Department continues to play an important role in the Bermuda economy and has maintained our mission, ‘Protecting Bermuda’s Border and Promoting Economic Development’. 

“2024 will be dedicated to Customs administrations’ efforts to support the customs officers of the future, encourage knowledge-sharing and heighten the sense of belonging to the global Customs community with the theme ‘Customs engaging Traditional and New Partners with purpose’. This theme aligns with the efforts to embrace our longstanding customs partners while embracing new ones. Our focus will remain on fulfilling our mandate of facilitating legitimate trade while enforcing our customs laws.”

Minister of National Security Michael Weeks said“On behalf of the Government and people of Bermuda, I extend gratitude to all of our customs officers and the work they do. I also thank the Customs Department for their outstanding efforts in protecting Bermuda and serving as a valuable resource for individuals aspiring to launch their businesses. Numerous budding entrepreneurs depend on the assistance of the Customs Department, and your officers have offered immense guidance in this regard.”

As with tradition, officers will attend a church service on Sunday, January 21st, 2024, at St Paul AME Church, where a special mention of officers who have died in service will be highlighted.  

Additionally, 41 Officers with Long Service Awards representing 5 years, 10 years, 15 years, 20 years, 25 years, 35 years, 40 years and 45 years will be honoured with a presentation of certificates and commemorative gifts. 

The Customs Department will also host the CA Smith Road Race on Tuesday, January 23rd and the TD Robinson Golf Tournament on Saturday, February 24th, 2024. However, the Annual Open House for Random Acts of Kindness will not take place as usual. They anticipate resuming these events in 2025. 

The Customs Department commends all of its officers and support staff as they continue to ensure the facilitation of legitimate trade, assess and collect revenue, and interdict drugs and other contraband. The public is encouraged to visit their social media page for some of the highlights of 2023. www.facebook.com/bermudacustoms