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As per Customs public notice number 4 of 2015, dated 7th February 2015, Customs will commence the enforcement of the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) laws on 7th April 2015. Customs Officials are therefore undergoing IPR trainings this week in both Port Vila and Luganville in preparation for the enforcement of these laws.

Attention: Members of the general public

Issued by

Benjamin MALAS


Customs and Inland Revenue Department.

Vanuatu Customs and Inland Revenue has been for the last 15 years using the ASYCUDA++ system which uses object oriented tools in a client/server environment on a Linux and DOS Operating System, based on a relational data base management system (RDBMS).

The VAT Office as from 1st January 2015 implemented its modernized Return and Debt Collection Plan and Process which encourages balanced and differentiated approaches to collecting VAT debts and returns. The plan demanded the establishment of a recovery team that only focused on the VAT outstanding. 

As part of the international community, Vanuatu Customs has a role to play in combating the production and circulation of counterfeit goods around the world. On the local context, fighting against the importation of counterfeit goods is part of Customs duty to protect our communities from counterfeit goods which are usually of poor quality and, or not safe for our consumers.

The objective of this article is to inform all Importers, Exporters the Owners and the Licensees of the record keeping requirements. Observations suggest generally some importers and Exporters or Owners or Licensees do not keep their import and export documentations properly or if not in the manner required by Customs laws.


Who We Are?

Customs and Inland Revenue, is a large and diverse department with over 100 employees spread across Vanuatu. With Office locations in Port Vila and Luganville and the provincial centers at Lenakel, Lakatoro, Saratamata and Sola.

What We Do?

To protect the community from potential risks arising from international trade and travel, while facilitating the legitimate movement of people and goods across the border, and collect legislated government revenue.

Our Government

Where to find us?

La Casa D'Andrea E Luciano Building, Rue Pierre Lamy, PMB 9012, Port Vila, VANUATU
Phone Number
+678 33010

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