Strachan, 59, has been in the position of chairman since March 1993, and will leave as she approaches her 60th birthday. A Customs spokeswoman said: 'We are looking for a new chairman to take us into the next millennium.' The post has been advertised this week and Customs is aiming to announce the new appointment before the end of the year. The chairman's position holds responsiblility for the strategic management and leadership of the department, which employs around 23,000 people, and for driving forward relevant government agendas. As well as influencing Customs' role in collecting and managing nearly all indirect taxes, the Customs chairman will also be involved in the fight against drug trafficking and illegal cross-border trades, including firearms and pornography. The job is to be offered on standard Civil Service terms and will include a pension. The salary has been advertised at around £130,000.
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