Customs officials face strict audits
Staff Reporter in Beijing
China's graft-busters have stepped up supervision of the Customs department, ordering all ranking officials to pass audits before they move on in their careers.
In a new system that aims to make it impossible for any corrupt practices to go unnoticed, all Customs directors will have to face auditing before they leave their posts, whether for promotion or retirement, Xinhua said.
A source with the State General Customs Office said the new policy would be implemented on March 1.
This new policy will affect all personnel movements of Customs directors nationwide, whether they are being promoted, transferred, fired or are retiring.
Also, to ensure that personal relationships do not taint the process, the source said the audits for each director would be handled by higher levels of the administration.
State-level directors will audit provincial directors, while state-level directors will be audited directly by the State Economics and Trade Commission.
Although the new policy has been in the formulation process for two years, the source indicated the timing of its implementation was tied to the string of large smuggling scandals that have been exposed in recent months, including the Xiamen and Zhejiang smuggling cases.
The new system would examine the effectiveness of supervisors' controls of taxes and goods seizures by analysing all entries item by item.
The audit would examine, verify and approve all supervisors' actions to ensure that they complied with regulations and were within the limits of their authority.
The report specifically mentioned that the process would seek out smuggling violations, laying emphasis on instances where goods and materials could not be accounted for or where income could not be accurately reported.
Those found violating the regulations would be punished, Xinhua said.