Since the establishment of the National Customs Brokers Association of Liberia (NCBAL) in the late 70s, this is the first time it has owned a headquarter at the Freeport of Monrovia.
Ivan Tumbey, president of the NCBAL, who spoke at the dedicatory ceremony, challenged employees of the union to take their jobs serious especially as they have gotten their own place.
Mr. Tumbey said that the new headquarters also put the business community in a good standing with Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) and other investors to do business with them in a decent atmosphere.
“This building,” he said, “will be used to collect lawful taxes that belong to the Liberian people as well as building a vibrant economy.”
He further warned Liberian business entrepreneurs to officially declare their business transactions with the authority of the union to build the economy.
The NCBAL president said that he is doing all he can to decentralize its activities throughout Liberia, beginning with the Buchanan port and the Roberts International Airport which is being revamped.
“We want to assure the business community that the NCBAL is now ready to do the Liberian people’s work,” he said.
For his part, Haji Sheriff, Deputy Senior Collectorate of the Bureau of Customs and Excise, called on the Liberian business community and foreign investors to pay their lawful taxes through the NCBAL.
Mr. Sheriff said no country can progress without the collection of taxes, and as such Liberian and other business people should pay their taxes to government.
“It’s through these taxes that the government pays its workers and also develops the country,” he urged.
The NCBAL is a non–profit organization which is exempted from payment of taxes, but its account, showing receipts and expenditures must always be open to inspection by any official designated by the Ministry of Finance.