14 May 2020 The CEO of Customs & Revenue Mr Kelemete Vahe confirmed to Radio 88.1FM that the government’s assistance for duty-free of essential goods for family use is still valid until the 30th June 2020.

Mr Vahe said that the essential goods are including all types of foods for family use, cleaning and hygiene products such as washing powder, shampoo, cleaning products, diapers, handwashes and so forth. The clothes are not classified with duty-free goods.

The CEO of Custom was concerned with the amounts of people who are mystified with misinformation that distributed around social media especially from people who are unhappy with their paperwork charges.

For instance, a woman from Pelehake who resided overseas claimed on Facebook that her 8″ X 4″ box and two drums that were sent for her family in Tonga were charged TOP$287 for custom duty.

She accused the government of being lying and misleading the people about the duty-free assistance for essential goods.

Mr Vahe told Tapinga Lavemaau from FM88.1 that people are still confused with the essential goods category or definition. The estimated duty for the box and the two drums was around TOP$862.22

The Customs Officer will deduct the values of all the foods, hygiene products and the cleaning products. Thus, the duty of the box and two drums total up to TOP$287.60 which is the right amounts for the customer to pay.

Mr Kelemete concluded with a word of advice to those who are still complaining about the duty of their goods.

  1. This is the number for you to contact me directly with your concerns – Tel: 08 80 123
  2. Make sure that you always come to us if you are not happy with your duty.
  3. Do not take your problems to social media as they will not help you.

People will need to acknowledge the leadership of our Prime Minister Hon Dr Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa, Minister of Finance and Customs Hon Tevita Lavemaau and the CEO Mr Kelemete Vahe in committed to this cause and let the people have their essential goods free of duty. People appreciate this financial assistance and hope that the deadline should be extended.

FAKAPAPAU’I ‘E HE CEO POTUNGAUE KASITOMU ‘OKU KEI TA’ETUTE PE NGAAHI KOLOA ME’AKAI, HAISINI MO FAKAMA’A ‘API

Na’e fakaha foki ‘e he CEO Potungaue Kasitomu Kelemete Vahe ki he Letio FM88.1 ‘oku kei ta’etute pe ngaahi koloa me’akai ki he famili, ngaahi naunau haisini pea mo fakama’a ‘api. Koe ngaahi koloa ko ‘eni ‘oku kau kiai ha fa’ahinga koloa me’akai ‘oku fakataumu’a ke faka’aonga’i he famili. Koe ngaahi naunau haisini mo fakama’a ‘api ‘oku kau kiai e me’a fanofano, pauta fo, hina fufulu ipu, shampoo, hina kaukau pe koa, ngaahi hina fakama’a ‘api etc. ‘Oku ‘ikai ke kau e vala ‘i he ta’etute. Na’e ‘iai foki e hoha’a ‘a Kelemete Vahe koe ‘uhi koe ngaahi fakamatala ‘ikai ke mo’oni ke ta’ekakato ‘oku fa’a vave e ni’ihi ‘o tukumai he mitia sosiale koe ‘uhi koe ‘ikai kenau mahino’i e fakamatala ‘oku ‘oatu pe koe mamahi pe he totongi e ngaahi koloa kehe.

Koe launga koia ‘a e fefine Pelehake ‘oku nofo ‘i muli fekau’aki mo ‘ene puha 8″X4″ moe ongo talamu ‘e ua na’e tute $287.60 Na’e fakaha ‘e Kelemete Vahe koe mahu’inga totonu he pepa ki he puha moe ongo talamu koe pa’anga ‘e $862.22 Koe fatongia leva e taha ngaue kasitomu ko hono to’o mei he mahu’inga ‘a e ngaahi koloa me’akai kotoa pe, koloa haisini moe ngaahi koloa fakama’a ‘api pea na’e toenga leva mei ai koe pa’anga $287.60 ‘aia koe tute ia ngaahi koloa kehe na’e ‘ihe puha moe ongo talamu.

Na’e faka’osi ‘aki ‘e Kelemete Vahe ‘a ‘ene fale’i ko ‘eni;

  1. Ka ‘oku ‘iai ha’o launga pe me’a ‘oku ke mamahi ai ‘i ho’o tute pea ke fetu’utaki hangatonu mai pe kia au he Tel: 08 80 123
  2. Fakapapau’i teke mu’aki ha’u kia kimautolu kemau tokoni atu.
  3. ‘Oua ‘uluaki lele ki he mitia sosiale he ‘ikai lava ia tokoni atu ka koe.

Malo ‘Eiki Palemia Hon Dr Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa, CEO Kasitomu Kelemete Vahe pea moe Minisita Pa’anga mo Kasitomu Hon Tevita Lavemaau ‘a ho’omou kei faitokonia kakai he ngaahi tute moe tukuhau kuo to’o kae lava ke ma’u ‘enau koloa me’akai kenau si’i ma’u mo’ui mei ai he taimi faingata’a ni. ‘Oku ‘amanaki e kakai ‘e kei malava ke hokohoko atu mei Sune ‘i toe ngaahi mahina.

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