Apparently to avert the imminent increment in storage charges, the Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) has urged the federal Government of Nigeria to provide palliatives to the terminal operators so as to cushion the effect of inflation and fluctuation of the nation’s currency, the Naira.
The National Vice President of ANLCA, Dr. Kayode Farinto who made this call during the just concluded National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the association held recently in Lagos said that the various terminal operators had attempted to increase their storage charges by about 50 percent but were resisted by the association.
Farinto observed that the major reasons given by the terminal operators for attempting to increase their storage charges were the rate of inflation and the fluctuation of the Nigerian currency, the Naira.
He argued that “If the federal government does not give palliatives to the terminal operators quickly, they may be increasing their storage charges very soon. I am aware that the Shippers’ Council and the Nigerian Ports Authority have both given their consent to it. Gentlemen, if nothing is done immediately by the government, increment will be slammed on Nigerian shippers in no distant time.”
Speaking on the Temporary Vehicles Tag (TVT) recently introduced by the Lagos State Government for Tokunbo vehicles, Farinto advised that all that one needed to do was to “ensure that you register your imported vehicles and pay a token”, adding that the advantage this had was that “the importer can use these vehicles without registration for a minimum of one month.”
“However, the NECOM has advised the Lagos State to harmonize both TVT and wharf landing fee and it has been done. You are expected to pay for only TVT. I am happy to inform you that you are no more paying for wharf landing fee but TVT which is more advantageous”, he added.
Photo: Dr. Kayode Farinto, National Vice President, Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA).
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