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Details Published on Sunday, 01 February 2015 00:23 Written by RONALD NDUNGI of EANA Hits: 125

ALL East African Community (EAC) freight forwarders will soon be registered so as to professionalise the sector. The Federation of East African Freight Forwarders Association (FEAFFA), Executive Director, John Mathenge told journalists in Nairobi that practitioners will be required to undergo a six months training as a licensing requirement.

This will ensure that EAC as a region is globally competitive, Mathenge said. So far 4,500 professionals have undergone the training. He said that clearing and freight forwarding agents play a critical role in economic development due to rising volumes of international trade.

The Executive Director noted that Customs departments are their main partners and that success of the sector depends on the success of Customs and vice versa.

This underpins the fact that customs functions mirror the work of a clearing and forwarding agent, he said. According to FEAFFA, some customs departments contract customs brokers as during peak seasons. EAC member states are also in the process of automating Customs clearance of all goods at borders.

Kenya Revenue Authority Deputy Commissioner Nicholas Kinoti said that the trading bloc will begin with bulky low risk goods such as rice and fuel. Eventually all goods will be brought on board, he said.

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