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130 trained as customs brokers

March 30, 2016 By Victoria Saffa

The Association of Clearing and Forwarding Agencies in Sierra Leone, with support from Adams Smith International and DFiD, through the National Revenue Authority (NRA), has concluded a four-day training of 130 customs brokers.

The training, which was themed ‘Awareness on customs, procedure, process and ethics’, ended last week at the Theresa Sesay Hall on Kennedy Street, east of Freetown, with participants drawn from various clearing and forwarding agencies in the country.

Speaking during the closing ceremony, President of the Association Abdul Akim Bangura said that the training should serve to reinforcement professional conduct ethics among brokers, adding that they should continue to do due diligence by guiding and supporting their valued clients – importers and exporters – on best practices.

Bangura said: “Reminiscence of the past, we have indeed come a long way, and it is no doubt that we have all made tremendous contributions to development and progress in revenue mobilisation and trade facilitation in this country. Today NRA is collecting trillions of Leones as revenue collection.”

Team Leader in improving Revenue Collection in Sierra Leone for Adams Smith International, Graham Burnett, said that they funded 50 percent of the training in a bid to capacitate brokers in doing their job and also help boost revenue collection.

One of the participants, Alieu B. Conteh, who is also Public Relation Officer of the Association, remarked that the training had imbibed in them the ethics of customs brokering, adding that they could now respond to needs of their clients in a professional manner.

“I have gone several trainings on custom brokering, but this one is different because our facilitators went into details on the ethical part, which is more important for any customs broker, and I can now boost that we are professionals,” he concluded.

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