East African Customs Clearing and Freight Forwarding Practising Certificate (CFFPC)

This programme is offered in full-time and part-time mode. Full-time mode takes four months while part-time mode takes six months. Minimum entry requirement is Division IV at “O” level.

Overview of the programme

Customs Clearing Agents are agents of the Commissioner for Customs for the purpose of clearing goods from customs control as per the requirements of the East African Community Customs Management Act 2004). Experience has shown that the work done by these agents is not of satisfactory quality, and their services are not provided in a professional manner. This makes the work of Customs Administrations difficult and unsatisfactory to importers, exporters and other stakeholders.

 The EACCFFPC programme has been designed as a joint initiative of the East African Revenue Authorities (EARA) and Federation of East African Freight Forwarders (FEAFA) to provide high quality and responsive services to their various customers such as importers, exporters, travellers and others. As agents of the Commissioner for Customs, clearing agents need to have a certain minimum level of proficiency in Customs Laws, regulations and procedures in order to help their clients comply easily with customs provisions. The programme has been adopted for all the five countries who are members of the East African Community.

Programme Objective

The objective of this programme is to enable Customs Clearing Agents appreciate and understand how to efficiently and correctly apply Customs laws and procedures in order to provide professional and high quality services to their clients on behalf of the Commissioner for Customs.

Programme Structure

The EACCFFPC training programme comprises of six (6) compulsory examinable courses each carrying four (4)credit units and one compulsory non examinable course. The programme has a total of twenty four (24) credits (Programme Modules)