Greetings Customs Clerks

Mr. Glenroy Andrew

Greetings to all Customs Clerk, especially my fellow grade III, from your brother and comrade Mr. Glenroy Andrew.

I would first thank our president and presiding officers for including in the agenda of the general meeting held on
However, it ended abruptly while much exchange of words were being sort for a proper policy towards granting a recommendation to customs Clerks for those desirous of becoming Customs Brokers. We were also informed that the next By-Annual general meeting is due soon.Thursday 26th June 2008 our concerns of section nine (9) of our Act. The meeting was very interesting and informative.The Association was formed and registered as a Trade Union on the 28th October 1950.Trade union business means better working conditions, salary increases and granting of recommendations to financial members with a Grade III Licence if and when requested without delay.

Members Demand your rights…

Let us now examine the facts and truth as outlined in the Customs Brokers and Customs Clerks Act.

Section 2
“Customs Broker” means and independent person who undertakes or hold himself willing to undertake for remuneration, fee or reward to act on behalf of any other person or persons generally, or who in fact so acts in connection with the entering or clearing of goods or other transactions under the customs law;

“Customs Clerk” means a person not being a Customs Broker, who being the employee of some other person acts on behalf of that other person in connection with the entering or clearing of goods or other transaction under the customs laws;

Let us now expound on the similarity in words of a Customs Broker and Customs Clerk as follows:

They both act in connection with entering or clearing of goods or other transactions under the customs laws.

It therefore stands to reason that the difference between a Customs Clerk grade III and a customs Broker is a matter of choice towards continuing to work for one person or perusing the goal of working independently, for more than one person.

Now let us look at the safe guard mechanism that the government has imposed in the act as follows:-

Section 16 of the act The Minister may by order limit the number of persons who may be customs brokers and the Board shall govern itself accordingly.

Section 4 of the regulations The Chief Preventive Officer shall comment on each application of which a copy has been sent to him for the purpose. His comments shall be forwarded to the Board through the secretary.

Section 7 of the regulations Grade III – the holder is competent in all matters relating to the importation and exportation of goods;

Section 2 of the act Grade III – acts in connection with the entering or clearing of goods or other transactions under the customs laws;

The act and regulations have therefore, covered all safe-guard mechanism for rubber stamping the recommendation for financial members of the association with a grade III license.

Grade III clerks, let us rejoice and be a proud people that the laws of Trinidad and Tobago have certified us as competent in all matters relating to the importation and exportation of goods.

Be happy, be glad and let us all claim our respect as we walk through the corridors of Customs and Port areas with our head held high.

We have won the race; we have reached the highest standard of knowledge in the field of customs brokerage. It is therefore our choice if we wish to exchange our grade III License for a Customs Brokers License.

I must now quote Mr. Nelson Mandela, echoing Mahatma Gandhi’s sentiments:”An injury to one is an injury to all”

I must also quote Mohandas Gandhi later known as Mahatma or ‘Great Soul’: “but I could not do so without doing violence to my sense of duty to those for whom I have come”.

The silent cartel and its leader our President of the customs clerks and Brokers Association, continually prostitute the clerks, members of the association by not granting the recommendation of section nine (9).

Now let us Examine the roll of the Customs Clerk and Customs Brokers Association with respect to section nine (9) of the act.

As a trade union, you would have to get clerks and brokers to join the association but since the laws of Trinidad and Tobago cannot compel us to do so, the government in its’ wisdom gave the power of recommendation to the Customs Clerks and Brokers Association in order that they be a recognized body and that their members would grow and become a vibrant body even if it is for that sake of the recommendation of section nine (9) of the act.

When the government conferred this instrument of power of recommendation upon the association the executive of the association took this as their personal instrument of power. They all beat their chest and behaved like war lords.

Instead of administering the recommendation issue as a means of obligation to its members they became greedy, deceitful, malicious, wicked and vindictive. In some cases demonic.

They have been prostituting the instrument of power well over thirty three years. The old regime of De Castroism and the new regime of Michaelism have both prostituted the life of Customs Clerks Grade III’s.

When they don’t put the blame on the Customs Brokers Board they will tell you that they have to work on a policy. For the most part of fifteen years, Michaelism is working on a POLICY.

CUSTOMS BROKERS EXAMINATION IS ILLEGAL…

CUSTOMS BROKERS AND CUSTOMS CLERKS ACT 

18. The Board may with the approval of the Minister make Regulations generally for giving effect to the pro¬visions of this Act, and for prescribing all things required to be prescribed and in particular such Regulations may relate to—

  • the nature, scope and conduct of examinations referred to in section 7and the fees payable for such examinations;
  • the establishment and supervision of an ap¬prenticeship scheme for the training of persons desirous of becoming customs brokers or customs clerks

 

CUSTOMS BROKERS AND CUSTOMS CLERKS REGULATIONS7. (1) Customs clerks’ licences shall be in the form set out as Form 2 in the First Schedule and issued in the following grades:

  • (a) Grade I—indicating that the holder has a thorough knowledge of customs and other laws and procedures relating to the entry and shipping of goods;
  • (b) Grade II—indicating that in addition to the matters set out in paragraph (a), the holder is, competent in the preparation and processing of all bills and other documents for shipping and entering goods;
  • (c) Grade III—indicating that in addition to the matters set out in paragraphs (a) and (b), the, holder is competent in all matters relating to the importation and exportation of goods;
  • (d) Boarding—indicating that the holder has a thorough knowledge of the laws and procedures relating to the boarding of ships and aircraft and is competent in the preparation of transshipment shipping bills and entries for ship’ ship’s stores.

THERE IS NO PROVISION IN THE REGULATION FOR A CUSTOMS BROKER’S EXAMINATION.

I am calling on all Customs clerks to join the Customs clerks and Brokers Association in order to vote the Michaelism out of power.

The government intended that the association would be impartial to its members and that transparency would be the order of the day rather than the satanic power that now prevails.

The issuance of a recommendation should be given to all Customs Clerk Grade III by virtue of being a financial member of the association within a month or two of application.

You may want to say that this is just like rubber stamping!! “This is the intended spirit of the law”.

Our association therefore, does not have the power to withhold granting of recommendations to financial members holding a grade III licence. It is indeed injustice to the highest degree for the association not to grant its grade III financial member’s recommendation of section nine (9).

I Glenroy Andrew Grade III licence #0911 hereby declare that the Customs Broker’s examination is illegal and that the customs Brokers Board should be held accountable. There is no provision in the regulation for a Customs Broker’s Examination.

CCBATT

CUSTOMS BROKERS AND CUSTOMS CLERKS REGULATIONS

Web address: www.cccbatt.co.cc

To be a cadre of professionals so informed and knowledgeable as to draw the trade to us.

History of the Association

The Association was formed and registered as a Trade Union on the 28th October 1950. In the words of the first President Mr. Sidney Branche. There was a need for persons performing the functions of Customs Brokers to form a common bond, express the same views and speak with one voice.

The first Executive comprised a host of charismatic and fiery individuals such as E Richardson , L Avis, E Medina, H Hyndman, U T Lee, L E Monteil, F Clark-R, S. da Silva, C Phillips and E Joseph among others. These visionaries as we can now refer to them, understood very early, the importance and critical role of the Customs Professional in the trade services industry.
They also realized that their functions should be guided by the highest ethical standards.

This realization was not lost on the colonial masters either, for on the 3rd February, 1956 the then governor of the colony E B Beetham, with the advice and consent of the Legislative Council proclaimed Act 4 of 1956 the Customs Brokers Ordinance. Which outlined among other things the qualification and Control of Customs Brokers.

This Act became the forerunner to the current Customs Brokers and Customs Clerks Act 49/70.

In 2000 the Association celebrated its Fiftieth Anniversary with a gala dinner and dance at the Chancellor Hotel. Seated at the head table was Mr. Sonny R de Silva (BR 0001) past president and Mr. Vernon Flores (BR 0002) both deceased. They were presented with awards for having served and being members of the Association for fifty years.

Present Executive elected in October 2005 as follows:
Michael Andrew President
Stephen Timothy 1st Vice President
Junior Allan 2nd Vice President
Jackie Joseph Secretary
Kerry Ann Alexander Asst. Secretary
Indira Hosein Recording Secretary
Surresh Maharaj Treasurer
Roderick Squires Auditor
Margaret Daniel Auditor
Edmund Foster Trustee
Ashton Kalloo Trustee
Nicholas Rostant Grievance Officer North
Anjini Phillip Grievance Officer South
Sherry Ann Clifford Committee Member
Robert Kerr Committee Member
Shawn Rampersad Committee Member
Mr. Peter Burke was appointed as The Public Relations Officer.

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  1. Greetings to you too!
    -Andrew

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