In order to combat bad practices, the General Administration of Customs (AGA) appointed new holders in the 17 maritime customs offices of the country, in which they join elements of the Navy who were trained in foreign trade and who will perform civil functions.
The head of the AGA, Horacio Duarte, denied that this is militarizing customs, since the Tax Administration Service (SAT) will maintain the institutional command of the customs system.
He assured that the sailors who join will go to the civil command of the AGA. “Maintaining the role of civilian personnel in Customs is fundamental to our objectives,” he said.
During the ceremony in which the appointments were made at Veracruz customs, the SAT official pointed out that the change of command will serve to combat crimes such as smuggling and the growing entry of arms and drugs into the country.
In his message, he said that the new administrators will have the main task of directly fighting illicit acts that lacerate public finances, such as the smuggling of diesel or fentanyl and other drugs that put the lives and health of young people in Mexico at risk.
Duarte warned elements of the Navy that they should refrain from asking for favors, “because whoever does so is going to give themselves away.”
He recalled that the main strategy to rescue customs is political will, in addition to honesty to deal with organized crime and white-collar crime, since there is “zero tolerance for acts of corruption and the corrupt.”
“We are living in a historic moment for Mexican customs. The fight against corruption and efforts to guarantee the safety of citizens are no longer a matter of political discourse, but of acting, complying with and giving the precise accompaniment to the work that the president heads personally, daily and first thing in the day, “he said.
We have new Administrators: the Maritime Customs are a pillar in the collection for the country’s tax revenues.
It is truly an honor to serve the Nation! https://t.co/8cndEeC69v
– Horacio Duarte Olivares (@horacioduarteo) October 1, 2020