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    Committed To 
    SERVICE and PROFESSIONALISM!

    The Customs and Excise department is implementing the new ASYCUDA World System.

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    Committed To 
    SERVICE and PROFESSIONALISM!

    The Customs and Excise department is implementing the new ASYCUDA World System.

    Learn more
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    Committed To 
    SERVICE and PROFESSIONALISM!

    The Customs and Excise department is implementing the new ASYCUDA World System.

    Learn more

Customs Brokers by Location

  The Customs Brokers Association of Belize, hereinafter referred to as CBAB, was registered as a legal entity under the laws of Belize on May 18th, 1993.

Committed To SERVICE and PROFESSIONALISM

Before it was it was established its members – Customs Brokers and Customs Clerks – lobbied daily with the Comptroller of Customs and other officers of the Customs Department to get their issues relating to the clearance of goods from customs and ports facilities for their clients. There was constant friction In the efforts of brokers to have their issues addressed and their rights respected by the Customs officials As the number of customs brokers increased so did the friction. The Customs Department decided that something must be done to deal with these complaints.

The then Comptroller of Customs appointed one of his senior officers , Mr. Karl Tillett, to nudge the customs brokers to unionize. By doing so members would state their complaints to the association [union] and it would delegate the responsibility to its  Chairman / President and Board of Directors to lobby or negotiate resolution to all complaints or disputes involving Customs and the association.

 In the beginning the membership of the CBAB was approximately 53 persons. Today we have 125 customs brokers on our membership roll. Most of the founding members are still active

 The first Board of Directors of CBAB consisted of the following members:

  • Mr Delroy Fairweather - President
  • Mr. Herman Vasquez - Vice-President
  • Mrs. Enoe Medina - Secretary / Treasurer
  • Mr. Nolan Bradley - Member
  • Mr. Herbert Haylock - Member
  • Mr. Charles Burn - Member
  • Mr. Jorge Martinez - Member

Mr. Ramos, Mr. Vasquez and Mrs. Medina were appointed as Trustees of CBAB.

Special mention must be made of the significant contribution of Mr. Oscar Ramos over the years since Its establishment. Mr. Ramos served as the president of the board of directors of CBAB for most of the 16 years of its existence.

 Belize is a small community. Because of its size the leaders and followers share informal relationships. The relationships are mostly open and the public have access to the leaders. As the population grew and the size of organizations swell in numbers the public showed less respect for the leaders. The abuse of this relationship led to formalization of them and the openness declined. The need for teamwork and unity – hanging together or hanging separately -  strengthened bonds or groupings. This was the case that led to the formation and growth of the CBAB.

 Some issues that persisted throughout the years for customs brokers in their relationship with the Customs Department staff such as fighting over classification of goods under the tariff and personality struggles between members of the two groups began to be cleared up since the inception of the CBAB. Another issue that caused much This prompted the need to establish a customs brokers and customs clerks board to license  and regulate the customs brokerage field.  Much progress was made yet the matters remained unresolved.

 This organized effort to have one united voice when negotiating for smoother relationship between the Customs Department and the CBAB acting on behalf of the customs broker's community was for the most part an on-going struggle that is only now bearing satisfactory fruit under the current leadership. Much remains to be done. But the customs brokers for the most part have unlearnt the bad habit of attacking the customs officers as individuals. Today the relationship has earned mutual respect of all concerned.  The original objective is about to be achieved. This is the customs brokers function as professionals as they act upon their slogan “committed to service and professionalism.”

 Courtesy of Mrs. Enoe  Medina and Mr. Herman Vasquez

Leadership Team

The homelike quality of our school contributes to a relaxed, focused experience for the child. Our indoor classroom activities are placed on open shelves for selection as interest and readiness inspires the child. Our outdoor environment offers a beautiful developed playground with manipulatives, tricycles, pets, and gardens.


Jona Vichosky - Principal Head

Jona Vichosky

Principal Head

Israel Carter - Deputy Principal

Israel Carter

Deputy Principal

Sharon Berry - Teacher

Sharon Berry

Teacher


Team

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.

Charles Doughnut



Teaching Team

The homelike quality of our school contributes to a relaxed, focused experience for the child. Our indoor classroom activities are placed on open shelves for selection as interest and readiness inspires the child. Our outdoor environment offers a beautiful developed playground with manipulatives, tricycles, pets, and gardens.


Kerry Clayton - Head Maths Teacher

Kerry Clayton

Head Maths Teacher

Miguel	Welch - Teacher

Miguel Welch

Teacher

Yvonne	Mason - Teacher

Yvonne Mason

Teacher

Steven	Leonard - Teacher

Steven Leonard

Teacher

Bridget Greene - Teacher

Bridget Greene

Teacher

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself. Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.


John Doe Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. You are what you are. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself.

John Doe Head of sales, Sandal


Jane Doe Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.

Jane Doe Marketing Director, Sandal


If you can't change it, change your attitude. Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.

Tony Fadell

Blockquotes in Columns

Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself. Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.


The world owes you nothing. It was here first. If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.

Alice Doe

It is possible for you to do whatever you choose, if you first get to know who you are and are willing to work with a power that is greater than ourselves to do it.

John Doe


Blockquotes in Slides


  • Gary LongBelieve in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.

    Gary Long CEO
  • Lori CarrollDo not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. Dream big. Go forward Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition.

    Lori Carroll Chief Editor
  • Paul MorganEverything should be as simple as it is, but not simpler; Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact. We help your ideas come to life.

    Paul Morgan Creative Designer

Who is a Customs Clerk?

A person who is not a Customs Broker, and who is the employee of some other person, who acts on behalf of that other person in connection with the entering or clearing of goods or other transactions under the customs laws of Belize.

Who is a Custom Broker?

A person who undertakes or holds himself out as willing to undertake for remuneration, fee or reward to act on behalf of another person or who in fact so acts in connection with the entering and clearing of goods or other transaction under the customs laws of Belize.

What is Customs Brokerage?

Customs brokerage is a profession that involves the 'clearing' of goods through customs barriers for importers and exporters (usually businesses). This involves the preparation of documents and/or electronic submissions, the calculation (and usually the payment) on behalf of the client of duties,and taxes and facilitating communication between the importer/exporter and governmental authorities. Customs brokers in Belize will often prepare and submit documentation to notify or obtain the clearance from other government agencies such as the Belize Agricultural & Health Authority (BAHA), BELTRAIDE, Ministry of Finance, Supplies Control Unit and many other Governmental Agencies . Customs brokers need to be familiar with the Tariff Schedule, a listing of duty rates for imported items. For example, a customs broker may need to advise an importer regarding country of origin marking requirements or the precise paperwork requirements for a commodity subject to specific requirements. Knowing the requirements of each type of import can avoid costly delays or seizure of the merchandise. Many customs brokers specialize in certain types of transactions, such as wearing apparel, perishables, or general clearance.

Customs brokers can be located near the main port to clear merchandise sent for direct consumption, in-transit or in bond but most are located around the major port of entry eg: Santa Elena at the Northern & Western Border Stations and throughout the City of Belize. Customs brokers normally arrange the transshipment or local delivery of cleared merchandise through relationships with trucking companies and others. 

Leadership Team

The homelike quality of our school contributes to a relaxed, focused experience for the child. Our indoor classroom activities are placed on open shelves for selection as interest and readiness inspires the child. Our outdoor environment offers a beautiful developed playground with manipulatives, tricycles, pets, and gardens.


Jona Vichosky - Principal Head

Jona Vichosky

Principal Head

Israel Carter - Deputy Principal

Israel Carter

Deputy Principal

Sharon Berry - Teacher

Sharon Berry

Teacher


Team

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.

Charles Doughnut



Teaching Team

The homelike quality of our school contributes to a relaxed, focused experience for the child. Our indoor classroom activities are placed on open shelves for selection as interest and readiness inspires the child. Our outdoor environment offers a beautiful developed playground with manipulatives, tricycles, pets, and gardens.


Kerry Clayton - Head Maths Teacher

Kerry Clayton

Head Maths Teacher

Miguel	Welch - Teacher

Miguel Welch

Teacher

Yvonne	Mason - Teacher

Yvonne Mason

Teacher

Steven	Leonard - Teacher

Steven Leonard

Teacher

Bridget Greene - Teacher

Bridget Greene

Teacher

Jona Vichosky

Jona Vichosky

Principal Head


The homelike quality of our school contributes to a relaxed, focused experience for the child. Our indoor classroom activities are placed on open shelves for selection as interest and readiness inspires the child. Our outdoor environment offers a beautiful developed playground with manipulatives, tricycles, pets, and gardens.

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             How to
   Become 

     a Customs Broker

To become a successful Customs Broker there are a few requirements that one has to meet. Listed below are these requirements.

  • Be a resident of Belize
  • Possess a High School Diploma
  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must not have been convicted by a Court of Law of an offence in Belize, or in any other jurisdiction.
  • Will be required by law to hold a license issued by the Customs Broker Association.
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