Foundation laid for Customs South Regional Head Office

Maldives Customs Service has officially laid the foundation for its South Regional Head Office in Addu City.

The foundation for the regional office was officially laid during a ceremony held in Maradhoo, Addu City on January 21. The foundation was jointly laid by Minister of Defence Mariya Ahmed Didi, Commissioner General of Customs Abdulla Shareef and Mayor of Addu City Ali Nizar.

Speaking at the ceremony, Defence Minister Mariya said the policy of the administration is to decentralise all fundamental services and to provide the services close to the public. The minister said the establishment of the regional office will help to improve the efficiency of import-export services in regions outside the Greater Male' Region. She added this is a major boost for the operations of businesses operating in Addu City and southern atolls.

The construction of the Customs South Regional Office was contracted to SJ Trade Private Limited at a price of USD 1.4 million. The 3-storey building will include an administrative office, staff accommodation and a regional training centre. The project is expected to be completed within 411 days.