By Juma Nsubuga
In a bid to improve cross border business, clearance and forwarding systems freight forwarders federation in the EAC have come up with an initiative to train the clearing agents through the systems of clearing and forwarding of goods with the aim of professionalizing business and creating efficiency in goods delivery in the region.
The executive director, EAC freight forwarder programmee, Mr John Malenge clearly stated that they are training the clearing agents with the major aim of organizing them as they execute their business.
He said that the system is USD.1 million funded programme and also noted that the existing challenges that agent’s face as they try to execute business of transiting goods across borders.
Meanwhile, the commissioner customs union at URA, Richard Kamajugo applauded the programmee saying that it will help in solving issues to do with inefficiencies meant in clearing and forwarding goods to their final destinations and said that URA is committed to work hand in hand with the agents.
The regional federation targets to train 4500 clearing agents in matters to do with goods clearing and forwarding in all the five member states in the EAC region.