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Oct 3, 2022

Regional Conference Discusses Moves to Increase Trade in the Caribbean

There have been issues with supply chain management, exacerbated by the COVID pandemic. Organizations have had to either deal with long waiting times or sourcing goods and equipment from other regions.  This was among the discussions held at the first-ever regional conference for customs brokers hosted by the Customs Brokers Association of Belize. Entitled, “The Twenty-First Century Customs Broker,” the conference began on Friday with a presentation from the president, but the official opening ceremony was on Saturday morning. Speaking at the podium were President of the Caribbean Association of Customs Brokers Delroy Fairweather and Minister of Foreign Trade, Eamon Courtenay. Minister Courtenay says that the objective is to increase trade by twenty percent by 2026. 

 

Eamon Courtenay

Eamon Courtenay, Minister of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade

“This is a gathering of people who are essential to international trade, especially the movement of goods across borders. Custom brokers across the world are at the forefront of ensuring that businesses and people get whatever input on consumables that they desire and require. In our Caribbean, custom brokers are even more important given the complexity of the various customs procedures they must contend with, something we must not be proud of, but must commit to making better. For us, as a government, we have a vision to reduce export and import processing time by twenty percent and the cost of exports and imports by twenty percent by 2026. A big vision, yes, but it is achievable. And we are determined to realise this vision because it is the right thing to do and it holds the promise of better living conditions for the people of Belize.”

 

Delroy Fairweather

Delroy Fairweather, President, Caribbean Association of Customs Brokers

“As a member of CARICOM, we are guaranteed free movement of goods and services under the revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, but we are far away from being able to move freely. It will take some serious discussion and of course political will for this to happen. CACUB remains committed to ensuring that this will become a reality. We are known as the experts when it comes to logistics. Our very existence hinges on the ability to work through tough and unconventional methods of moving goods throughout CARICOM and by extension the world. We remain committed to ensuring that trade will continue to be at the forefront through regional partnership with government and non-governmental organizations.”


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