The trainings were conducted on the 10th – 12th of February in Port Vila and on 16th of February in Luganville. The topics covered included the Legislations that Customs administers, Customs Valuation, Tariff.
Due to popular demand of Customs Brokers by Principal Customs Brokers and Traders in both Port Vila and Luganville, Customs has conducted trainings in these two major centers to about 60 interested participants.
The trainings were conducted on the 10th – 12th of February in Port Vila and on 16th of February in Luganville. The topics covered included the Legislations that Customs administers, Customs Valuation, Tariff Classification, Customs Concession and Rules of Origin.
Customs would like to reiterate that these trainings are more like awareness sessions to give the participants an idea of the knowledge Customs Brokers must acquire to be able to carry out their duties in accordance to the law. Customs encourages the participants to now organize themselves into study groups to prepare for the exam. Customs will be available to provided assistance to these study groups if required on specific queries only.
As required by the legislation, a person who wishes to be licensed as a Customs Broker must successfully complete an exam in Customs procedures to the satisfaction of the Director of Customs. On that note, Customs will be informing the 60 interested participants on the exam dates soon.
Finally, to ensure the market of Customs Brokers does not become saturated, this may be the last licensing of new Customs Brokers that Customs will conduct for a while until a demand from the market arises again in the future. A saturated Brokers market would mean regulatory difficulties for Customs, poor service delivery and avenues for fraudulent activities due to the high competition by Brokers in the market.