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6th April 2021, 19:38

​Collector of Customs, John Rodriguez, retires; successor yet to be appointed

The Collector of Customs, John Rodriguez, has retired after 15 years in the post.

A statement from Customs and the Government highlighted that Mr Rodriguez had been Collector during the 2014 Review and restructure which saw Customs officers recognised as law enforcement; he has also overseen the upgrading of Customs software to ASYCUDA and has been a stakeholder on aspects of the Brexit negotiations.

Mr Rodriguez was presented with a commemorative plaque honouring his hard work and commitment at a small COVID-compliant ceremony at Customs House. He thanked all past and present officers for their support and dedication.

Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo, described John Rodriguez as a "consummate professional" who had been "indispensable", wishing him well in his retirement.

In answer to GBC questions, the Government said Mr Rodriguez' successor has not been appointed yet, with Assistant Collector Christian Borrell to act as Collector of Customs, and the appointment process set to start now.