MEETING WITH CHAMBER OF INDUSTRY & COMMERCE

10th April 2012

 

Glenroy Andrew

Suit # 17, Golden Door Plaza

Frederick Street,

Port of Spain

 

Trinidad & Tobago Chamber of Industry & Commerce
Columbus Circle
Westmoorings,
Port of Spain.

Attention: Mr. Andrew Sabga

 

RE: MEETING HELD ON 2ND APRIL 2012

 

I thank you very much for the above mentioned meeting held between myself, Mr. Andrew Sabga President of Chamber and also Catherine Kumar CEO of Chamber.

I am very optimistic that this meeting would bear good fruits and at last, Customs Clerks would become Customs Brokers under section 9 of the act and apprentices would also become Customs Brokers after performing the duties of Customs Brokers under competent supervision for three years as stated in regulation 17.

I was asked “what is the function of the Customs Brokers Board” by you sir. I feel compelled to write this letter to better answer your question.

 

Act – 4

The function of the Board shall be to promote high standards of efficiency and integrity in the conduct of persons performing the duties of Customs Brokers and Customs Clerks and to ensure the maintenance of such standards by determining the competence and fitness of such persons and by licensing those who attain the standards set by the Board.

 

 

Points to note

 

(a)              To promote high standards of efficiency and integrity in the conduct of persons performing the duties of Customs Brokers and Customs Clerks.

(b)             To ensure the maintenance of such standards by determining the competent and fitness of such persons.

(c)              By licensing those who attain the standards set by the Board.

 

The Board has established two apprenticeship schemes of three years duration.

(i)                A Customs Broker apprenticeship scheme for persons desirous of becoming Customs Brokers.

Regulation 15 – where a Customs Broker recruits an ‘apprentice” he shall register with the Board the name of such apprentice within seven (7) days of the date of such recruitment.

(ii)              A Customs Clerk apprenticeship scheme for persons desirous of becoming Customs Clerks.

Regulation 15 – where an employer of Customs Clerks employs any person to be trained as a Customs Clerk he shall register with the Board the name of such trainee within seven (7) days of the commencement of such employment.

 

The Customs Broker’s Board is wrong to enforce Customs Clerks to sit an examination called “Customs Brokers Examination” in order that they become Customs Brokers.  In doing so the Board is breaking the law and it is in direct violation of section 9 of the act.

The only way that a Customs Clerk can become a Customs Broker is through section 9 of the act – a recommendation letter from the Customs Clerks and Customs Brokers Association.

Upon the establishment of regulation 17 which is in fact an on-the-job apprenticeship course for three years, all apprentices who serve under a Customs Broker become qualified for a Customs Brokers licence.  All trainees who remain employees for three years would be qualified for a Customs Clerk Licence. This is the main standard set by the Board.

The examination by the Board can only be given to apprentices and trainees.  The regulations do not allow the Board to set examinations to any person in the field who has served beyond three years.

The Board reminds me of “Calder Hart” in that the Board makes its own Laws and breaks them without concern for those who get hurt in the process.

The examinations mentioned in the regulations are in fact optional for apprentices and trainees only for the purpose of beating the three years on-the-job training course referred to in reg. 17.

During the early years of the act and its regulations the Board was comprised of five (5) Customs Brokers and two (2) Customs Officers.  The five Customs Brokers took advantage of the situation and dominated the entire system.  They were in complete control of the Board to the extent that they even offered the then Comptroller of Customs and Excise a Customs Brokers licence upon retirement in order that they have free management of the Board.

Plenty corruption took place with the granting of Customs Brokers Licence and to this day the corruption continues.

The Customs Brokers Board examinations have been used as a mechanism to corrupt the system and section 9 has been used as a tool to grant Customs Brokers licence to favoured persons.

They have isolated the Boarding Clerk towards “death do us part”.  They have given the Customs Clerk Trainee a Customs Clerk grade I licence but his power is that of a trainee: grade I cannot sign customs warrants and so too is the trainee.

They deliberately set an examination beyond the capacity of a grade III Customs Clerk and rejoice over the ninety nine percent failure rate.  They call Customs Clerks “duncies” and force them into a new brand of slavery: to work for Customs Brokers till death.

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

 

Yours respectfully

 

…………………

Glenroy Andrew

Customs Clerk GRIII

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