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URA urges use of a licensed clearing agent

URA urges use of a licensed clearing agent

Streamlining customs clearance: URA’s call to action for professionalism (Courtesy photo)

In today’s global marketplace, the efficient movement of goods across borders is paramount for businesses to thrive. Amidst the complexities of customs procedures and regulations, licensed clearing agents play a pivotal role in facilitating smooth importation processes. However, ensuring the professionalism and competence of these agents is crucial to avoid costly errors and delays.

The Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) recognizes this imperative and has embarked on a proactive journey to enhance professionalism and accountability within the clearing and forwarding industry. Through a series of initiatives, URA is championing a culture of excellence that benefits both importers and the broader business community.

Central to URA’s efforts is the full automation of customs declarations, a strategic move aimed at fostering transparency and accountability. By leveraging technology to streamline processes, URA ensures timely submission of declarations and provides real-time updates to stakeholders, minimizing the risk of errors and penalties.

Moreover, URA has instituted rigorous training programs for clearing agents, equipping them with the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate the intricacies of customs procedures. By investing in continuous professional development, URA ensures that clearing agents uphold the highest standards of competence and integrity.

The introduction of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program further underscores URA’s commitment to sustaining professionalism within the industry. Through this innovative initiative, clearing agents are empowered to enhance their expertise and stay abreast of evolving regulations, thereby safeguarding the interests of importers and exporters alike.

In line with its mandate to enforce compliance with customs laws and procedures, URA has implemented stringent performance indicators for licensed agents. By setting clear benchmarks for clearance turnaround time, declaration accuracy, and adherence to established standards, URA incentivizes excellence while deterring misconduct.

As stakeholders in the importation process, businesses are encouraged to partner with licensed clearing agents who have undergone URA’s rigorous training and adhere to the highest standards of professionalism. By choosing reputable agents, businesses can mitigate risks, optimize efficiency, and ensure seamless customs clearance processes.

In conclusion, URA’s proactive measures to professionalize the clearing and forwarding industry are commendable and underscore the importance of collaboration between regulators and businesses. By working together to uphold standards of excellence, we can create a conducive environment for trade and investment, driving economic growth and prosperity for all.

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