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Customs Ensign (Solomon Islands)

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[State Ensign (Solomon Islands)] image by Zachary Harden, 11 November 2011

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The Customs and Excise Act (Cap. 121), which was compiled in 2003, has a very brief description of the custom's ensign used by the Solomon Islands. The description of the ensign is as follows:

"(2) The display by any officer of the Customs flag on a boat, such flag being a blue ensign with the words CUSTOMS in the fly and being of not less dimensions than four feet by two feet, shall be deemed sufficient proof of the authority of such officer, and any person other than an officer displaying such a flag shall incur a penalty of five hundred dollars."

The only thing I was able to find about the blue ensign was that is the National Flag on a blue field and did not give much a statement of what font to use for the custom's ensign or placement of the text other than in the fly. However, this might be a clue to Željko's question if such a blue ensign still exists in the country.
Zachary Harden, 11 November 2011

The Customs and Excise Act 1960 flag prescription wording is at Section 196 (2), and as the basic flag prescribed is simply 'blue ensign', it could be applied equally well to a British Blue Ensign, or the Solomon Islands Blue Ensign when it came into service.

The Customs flag prescribed from 1907 to 1960 had a Union canton, blue upper fly and white lower flag half with 'HMC' in bold black thereon. The same design was prescribed for Fiji, Gilbert and Ellice Islands, and a similar one with the red cross canton for Tonga.
Jeff Thomson, 23 November 2015