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Uphold the work ethics, forwarding agents urged

He made the remarks during the 7th East Africa Customs and Freight Forwarding Practising Certificate graduation ceremony in Kampala last week.

Business ethics are among the vital pillars that hold any business organization. No one is attracted to dry places, where there is no governance, no organization. Sometimes, people have mood swings but this should not affect the working relations of an individual at the cost of the organization.

The appeal to work in integrity as well as business ethics in the trajectory of ones responsibilities’ has been echoed by Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) Commissioner Customs Dicksons Kateshumbwa. He has charged the clearing and forwarding agents to ensure they have this armor when carrying out their duties.

“We expect that when they get people’s goods, they should assess the right taxes, and pay the right taxes to URA but also educate the clients because we have had many complaints from clients being misled and cheated by some of the untrained agents,” Mr Kateshumbwa said.

He made the remarks during the 7th East Africa Customs and Freight Forwarding Practising Certificate graduation ceremony in Kampala last week.

Improving skills
About 121 agents graduated, joining more than 5,000 who have graduated throughout the region.

Mr Kateshumbwa explained that the training improves skills so that agents are able to assess appropriate taxes, a practice that reduces loss of revenue to government. The training is mandatory for every company that intends to get a licence from URA but companies have been employing incompetent people.

In a bid to eliminate loss of revenue, URA has put in place a strategy to licence employees of clearing and forwarding companies.

“It is a requirement that all companies must abide by this. If you use someone who is not licenced, we shall remove the licence so that we maintain people who are qualified,” Mr Kateshumbwa said.

The Uganda Freight Forwarders Association chairperson, Ms Jennifer Mwijukye, urged the graduates to use the skills acquired to be vigilant and scan for opportunities created within the industry.

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