192 Ugandan Clearing Agents Receive Regional Certification

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  • The East African Customs and Freight Forwarding Practicing Certificate (EACFFPC) Program is apartnership developed by the Federation of East African Freight Forwarders Association(FEAFFA)and East Africa Revenue Authorities (EARAs).
  • The Program is intended to equip trainees with necessary skills, competencies and values desirable in Customs and Freight Forwarding operations.
  • 192 graduatesare awarded withE ACFFPC Certificates of completion. 171 more will receive their awards in September 2014
  • TradeMark East Africa supported the review, improvement and training capacity expansion of the program

Today, 192 graduates celebrate their success after completing a comprehensive six months course to achieve a regionally recognised award of The East African Customs and Freight Forwarding Practicing Certificate (EACFFPC) . The graduates are part of a total 377  and the first batch of graduation this year.

The East African Customs and Freight Forwarding Practicing Certificate (EACFFPC). In Uganda, the Program started in 2008 to reckon to a need of capacity building and professionalizing the industry. It is a joint training program of the East Africa Revenue Authorities (EARAs) and the Federation of East African Freight Forwarders Associations (FEAFFA). The program equips individuals already practicing or intending to practice throughout the East African region with necessary skills, competencies and values desirable in Customs and Freight Forwarding in order to enable them discharge their roles competently as Customs Agents; entrench professionalism in the services offered by Freight Forwarders, especially in Customs clearing; and enhance ethical conduct, good governance and integrity in the profession and Facilitate trade.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony at Imperial Royal Hotel, the FEAFFA PresidentMathieu Bizimana expressed delight in the success and professionalism so far realised as a result of the EACFFPC Program .As a federation, through this trainingprogram we have reduced the time and cost of cargo transport in East Africa. I wish to appreciate Uganda Revenue Authoritywho have enhanced quality control in the industry to ensure professionalism , ethics and intergrity; and TradeMark East Africawhose assistance to this program was in reviewing, improving and expanding

the training capacity.This enabledthe achievement of a regional critical mass of 4,500 Customs Agents by end of 2013, for which Uganda’s critical mass is 800 and so far 548 have succesfully qualified to attain this certificate”.

Silas Kanamugire ,Trademark East Africa DirectorTrade/Transport Facilitation affirmed TMEA’s objectiveand support tf the program, “we want to see trade enhanced within the region by creating a pool of trained agents who can raise the proffessional standards in the industry. We are proud to witness the awarding of professionals who will discharge their role competently as Customs agents . We are therefore proud partnerson this cause”he remarked.

The Commissioner Customs,  Uganda Revenue Authority, Richard Kamajugo who was the guest of honour applauded the graduates on completion of the program, “you are now recognised as professional agents across the region and therefore the flag bearers of  professionalism, ethics and intergrity of the industry”.

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