The Federal Public Service (FPS) Finance will be looking for 108 new customs officers during a job fair in the port of Antwerp this weekend. With these recruitments, which are also accompanied by additional investments in equipment, the customs authorities want to be able to check even more containers for drug smuggling via the port in the near future.
The job fair will take place on September 10 at the Border Inspection Post (GIP) Linkeroever, in the Waasland harbour. “Between 1 pm and 4.30 pm, interested participants can contact so-called ambassadors who will explain more about what the job of a customs officer entails. There will also be several stands where visitors can discover the functions of the Belgian customs. From dog handlers to the scan van, weapons and counterfeit products: everything will be discussed,” explains Raf Warson of the FPS Finance. In total there are 108 new vacancies in the port of Antwerp, both on the right and on the left bank.
Customs is looking for different profiles, where experience is not required. “On the one hand, we are looking for people with a bachelor’s degree, where final-year students can also apply. On the other hand, there are also vacancies for people with a higher secondary education diploma,” explains Warson. The second group of vacancies concerns a position with weapons. “To exercise that position, it is necessary to want to carry a weapon and, of course, to follow a shooting course,” says Warson. “One must also have all the appropriate documents, such as a medical, psychological and security screening.”
70 million euros
With the recruitment of 108 customs officers, the FPS Finance wants, among other things, to increase the number of scanned containers from South America in the fight against drug trafficking. The long-term aim is to scan all ‘risk containers’ from countries of origin such as Panama, Ecuador, Paraguay, Colombia and Brazil. To this end, the federal government will also invest an additional 70 million euros in the coming years in new equipment such as (mobile) scanners and a reinforced IT infrastructure to be able to apply artificial intelligence to imaging.
“With its monitoring and intercepting function, customs play a crucial role in the fight against drug trafficking and drug crime,” said Minister of Finance Vincent Van Peteghem (CD&V), who will also be present at the job fair this weekend. “With those investments, we are making a significant effort that we will continue to make in the fight against drug crime, and customs will be poised to continue to play that role for years to come.”
Registration for the job fair on September 10 is mandatory and can be done via www.eventbride.be. If you cannot attend on September 10, but still want more information, you can register for an online event the day before.