LRA Licenses 25 Customs Brokers

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Partial view of 25 licensed customs brokers and LRA officials following the licensing program on June 29, 2018

The Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) has certificated and licensed 25 customs brokers who successfully passed the customs broker’s exams the entity administered to them, a release has said.

Customs brokers are private individuals, partnerships or associations licensed to assist importers and exporters in meeting requirements governing imports and exports. They act as professional agents for an importer or exporter, prepare and submit all documents for clearing goods through customs.

According to the release, the licensing of the first batch of 25 Customs Brokers is in keeping with Section 6.0 A (iii) of the Customs Brokers Revenue Administrative Regulation, which mandates the entity to administer Customs Brokers Competency Licensing Examination as a standard for practicing customs brokerage.

LRA former Commissioner General Elfrieda Stewart-Tamba, who presented the Certificates of License to the brokers at a recent ceremony, described the event as a milestone achievement for the entity.

The 25 were the first the LRA has licensed since it was established four years ago.

Madam Tamba encouraged customs brokers, including the newly-licensed personnel who successfully went through the LRA’s Customs examination requirements, to consider the profession as a noble career.

She emphasized the need for collaboration between customs brokers and the LRA as both parties are serving the interest of the country’s taxpayers.

Madam Tamba indicated that modernizing and transforming Liberia’s revenue administration remains quite vital, “but this cannot be achieved without the partnership of customs brokers.”

William Buku, Assistant Commissioner of Customs for Technical Operations, congratulated the licensed customs brokers, but cautioned that those pursuing career in the field of customs brokerage should see it as a noble profession that they should take seriously.

Buku then encouraged the newly-licensed customs brokers to establish themselves into businesses and be trustworthy at all times. He warned them against the practice of dishonesty while rendering services to their clients as well as to the LRA.

Meanwhile, speaking on behalf of his fellow customs brokers, Kansualism Berk Kansuah thanked the LRA management for the exercise.

Mr. Kansuah said his colleagues will not work in isolation if they are to succeed in their individual businesses, but will unite and work in the best interest of the country.

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