Letter to the Comptroller of Customs and Excise

From Glenroy Andrew

To:
Comptroller of Customs and Excise
Customs House
Port of Spain

From:
Glenroy Andrew
Golden Doors Plaza
Port of Spain

Date: 13th August, 2008

Dear Sir,

Trinidad and Tobago in the nineteen seventies has approximately two hundred and fifty Customs Brokers. These Customs Brokers were in their prime years of thirties and forties.

Now that we are in the beginning of the new millennium with more and more increase in trade, I can almost count the number of customs brokers on my fingers. I say to you that there are about thirty Customs Brokers at present in Trinidad and Tobago who can physically walk from Customs House, Port of Spain to Port Authority Compound, Port of Spain.

This terrible situation has caused me to do an in-depth search and I have discovered that the Customs Brokers Board has not made any provision in practice for inclusion of a Customs Broker Apprentice. By erroneously leaving out the Apprentice Broker, they compounded the error by enforcing Customs Clerk Grade III to sit a Customs Broker’s Examinations which was prepared for the Apprentice Broker.

Letter of recommendation in Section No. 9 of the Act is the only way in law for a Customs Clerk to become a Customs Broker. The Customs Broker Board has shattered the hopes and aspirations of Customs Clerks Grade II in particular and all Customs Clerk in General. Trinidad and Tobago have suffered tremendously because Customs Brokers are one of the main pillars and most important stakeholders in the service of trade, both regional and international.

I must now put some of the blame on all past and present Comptrollers of Customs who have remain silent on the subject matter for far too long. The public at large has great respect for the Comptroller of Customs and Excise and for this reason one must also be mindful of transparency and impartiality in the course of his duty.

The recommendation issue of Section No.9 of the Act has resulted into a colossal tragedy because the stakeholders have not given it the attention it deserves. I must therefore recommend to the Comptroller of Customs and Excise that the practice of giving Grade III Clerks the Custom Broker Examination must come to an end with an immediate effect. If this practice continues I will be forced to take legal action against the Board.

The other reason why Customs Brokers have depleted so badly in this country is because the Customs Clerks and Customs Brokers Association is comprised of a lot of armature people who believe that they can interpret the law perfectly without seeking help. Section No. 9 of the Act has been brutalised by the Association in that they do not give any real attention towards issuing recommendations to Customs Clerks. I now ask that you use your good office as a Comptroller to advise or instruct the Association to issue letters of recommendation to Customs Clerks to Advise or instruct the Association to issue the letters of recommendation to the Customs Clerks as a means of an obligation to all Customs Clerks that make request for the same.

This letter may look short at point because I am attaching four documents to accompany this letter as follows:-

  1. GREETINGS TOO ALL CUSSTOMS CLERKS.
  2. HOW TO BECOME A CUSTOMS BROKER.
  3. GRADE iii SAY NO TO CUSTOMS BROKERS EXAMINATION.
  4. THE HIGH COURT CASE #3549/1995 BY JUSTICE SEALEY.

Thanking you for your kind co-operation in this matter.

Yours respectfully,

Glenroy Andrew
Grade III Lic #0911

Copy to: Minister of Finance
Trade and Industry
Customs Clerk & Brokers Association
Shipping Association
Chamber of Commerce
TTMA
Port Authority of T&T
PLIPDECO

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1 Comment

  1. Very well written Mr. Andrew.
    -Andrew

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