Tanzania shipping agents’ plea on licences

The Tanzania Shipping Agents Association (Tasaa) has appealed to the government to offer longer period licences especially to old companies.

Currently, the Shipping Agency Act of 2002 and its regulations require all shipping agents to renew their licences annually.

According to Tasaa chairman Peter Kirigini, it takes more than a week for serious work for a shipping company to complete all license renewal procedures.

“We are not against the renewal of licences; we urge the government to consider providing long-time licences to companies that have been in place for more than five years,” he said.

He appeals to the Surface and Marine Transport Regulatory Authority (Sumatra) to grant at least three-year operating licences to old companies.

“It requires us to halt very many issues and follow up license renewal procedures every year; we could have spent such a time to do other issues,” he told The Citizen.

Recently Sumatra issued a notice directing shipping agents to start processing applications for renewing shipping agency licences for 2015. The process was scheduled to begin on November 1, 2014 and end on November 30, 2014.

“Shipping agents aspiring to renew their licences are advised to take timely steps by submitting their applications for license renewal before November 30, 2014,” read part of the statement.

Applicants for license renewal were reminded to enclose various documents for processing their applications. That included having duly filled in shipping agency licence application forms and copies of previous shipping agency licences.
Source: thecitizen.co.tzThe Citizen, reported by Veneranda Sumila, from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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