National Ozone Unit Presents Award to Customs

St. George’s, Grenada, February 3rd, 2014: Grenada joined the rest of the international community that is affiliated to the World Customs Organisation (WCO) to celebrate World Customs Day on January 26th with a week of activities from January 26th to February 1st, 2014.

Among the many activities undertaken during the week of celebrations was an Award Ceremony on Saturday February 1st, 2014 at the Secret Harbor Mariner, L’Anse aux Epines, St. George’s. Several Customs Officers and Departments within the Customs Division were awarded for outstanding performances during the year 2103.

During the ceremony a Special Award (The Customs/NOU Award – for the Protection of the Ozone Layer), sponsored by the National Ozone Unit (NOU) of the Energy Division of the Ministry of Finance, was presented to the Unit in the Customs Department that played the most significant role towards the protection of the Ozone Layer.

This Award aims to provide incentive and recognition to Customs and Enforcement officers, who succeed in preventing illegal trade in ozone-depleting substances (ODS).  It also seeks to recognize the outstanding performance of customs and enforcement officers and their contributions towards environmental protection at the national level. It will also contribute to raising awareness about the Montreal Protocol and the national compliance strategy in line with the Montreal Protocol targets.

Over the years the NOU has conducted training for Customs and Enforcement Officers in the Control and Monitoring of Trade in ODS, ODS identification and Risk Management with respect to the trade in ODS.  The NOU has also donated state of the art equipment to assist in detecting ozone depleting substances that are imported into the country.

The outstanding efforts of the Customs and Excise Department over the years has resulted in tremendous success to Grenada in the reduction in consumption (imports) and prevention of illegal trade in these ozone depleting chemicals.  Data on national consumption levels in 2013, already indicates that the country is well on track to meeting its Montreal Protocol consumption targets.

This Special Award was presented to the Cargo Control Unit (CCU) at the St. George’s Port.  The award was presented by Mr. Leslie Smith, National Ozone Officer and received by Mr. Shane Derby, Supervisor in charge of the Cargo Control Unit.