Border post in Timor-Leste collects US$2.8 million in taxes in 2014

27 May 2015

The Motaain border post in the Timorese town of Batugadé, in 2014 collected more than US$2.8 million in customs fees and other taxes, according to official figures.

Customs revenue, which on average accounts for about 10 percent of the value of imported products, in the first quarter of 2015 totalled US$726,000.

The information was presented this week by officials from the border crossing, which connects Timor-Leste (East Timor ) and the Indonesian half of the island by land, and which, in addition to the port of Dili, is the main point of entry and exit of goods and people in Timor-Leste .

Helder Lopes, Deputy Finance Minister Julio Ximenes, National Director of Customs and Jose Abilio, Director-General of Customs, this week visited both Motaain and other checkpoints at the land border, the definition of which is the focus of conversations between the two countries.

During the visit Helder Lopes was informed of the lack of human and material resources that are evident at checkpoints, which he promised to correct as soon as possible to ensure the “best conditions” at the border. (macauhub/TL)