On Thursday, 2 June, Latvia’s Saeima approved the Customs Law in the final reading. Its goal is to sort out the customs sector and provide a more comprehensive management system for it.
The new law provides for an expansion of authority of customs officials, allowing customs officers to carry out hand searches during border control checks to make sure people do not hide any illegal items and undeclared finances. Up until now, customs officers were allowed to examine people, not search them.
In addition to the new law, the Saeima has also approved amendments to the State Revenue Service Law to help clarify matters related to the work of officials of customs structures. It has been established that the Saeima will also submit amendments to the State Civil Service Law by the end of the year to accommodate certain rules regarding personnel selection rules.
As noted by the Saeima press-service, the new Customs Law is necessary because the current legislation, which has been in force since 2004, has become outdated.