Customs Brokers and Freight-forwarders meeting at their Annual General Meeting in Kingston on May 21, gave their vote of confidence to Mitzie Gordon Burke-Green, career customs broker and managing director of Jamaica Trading Services to lead the 51-year-old Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association.
The 51st AGM also elected a new 18-member executive of the Association for the 2017-2018 period.
In taking over the presidency, Mrs. Gordon Burke-Green has set her sights on expanding membership development, and has commenced several direct engagement initiatives for the over 200-members of the influential professional association.
“My immediate goal is to deepen membership engagement and participation. I intend to build upon the ongoing educational and development programmes for the membership, while advocating for the resolution of the ‘importer on record’ and ‘customs broker licencing’ issues we currently have with the authorities at Jamaica Customs Agency”, said the CBFFAJ President.
“We look forward to working with the new Commissioner of Customs to iron out issues relating to how the customs broker, acting on behalf of his or her clients is being treated as the primary importer, as well as the challenges of customs broker licence renewal which affect some of our members”, noted Mrs. Burke-Green, who succeeded colleague customs broker Marcia Bent, who led the CBFFAJ for the past three years.
The new Commissioner of the Jamaica Customs Agency, Velma Ricketts Walker was warmly received by the CBFFAJ’s membership. In an engaging speech to the members, during which she often recognised members by their names, she committed to building the relationship between the JCA and the CBFFAJ.
“Your contribution matters”, said Mrs. Ricketts Walker.
“At Customs, we regard your partnership as valuable in the efforts to facilitate trade”, affirmed the JCA Commissioner.