ANLCA to mobilize over five million votes for maritime friendly presidential candidate – Farinto


… Vows to engage NASS over 15% levy on used vehicles

The Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) has said that it will mobilize its members to give over five millions votes in the maritime industry to a presidential candidate that will be explicit on how to assist the freight forwarding profession through implementation of people’s welfare policies.

The Acting National President of ANLCA, Dr. Kayode Farinto who stated this in his Eid-El-Fitr and Workers’Day message to freight forwarders in Lagos on Monday said that the inconsistency in government policies by the Muhammadu Buhari administration was an eye opener for members of the association.

According to him, “We won’t allow anyone to fool us like this outgoing government is doing. We are gradually loosing our profession to foreign domination courtesy of lack of law that will protect indigenous practitioners. We must, however, come together to achieve greatness. An injury to one should be injury to all.”

Farinto pointed out that it was obvious that the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) would be implementing the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) Valuation this monthgoing by the news filtering in the industry adding that they needed to monitor this as according to him, people that would not want the process to be successful may introduce things outside the agreement into the procedures.

“I have released the agreed procedures on clearance of Standard Chassis Vehicles that fall within VIN Valuation and Non Standard Chassis Vehicles, salvage and accidented vehicles few days ago. We need to allow this new changes going by all we go through in the hands of customs various units to clear vehicles in the ports and even when you take your valuation, many alerts are put on our declarations and it take the grace of God and difficult conditions to get them out of the ports.

“As if to say that is not enough, you need to know the numbers of calls we receive from our members delivering these vehicles within and outside Lagos environment. Many customs units will say your values are compromised, it must be jacked up and many of us are at their mercies pleading that DN should not be issued on already exited vehicles.

“This and many more are what we believe the VIN valuation will eliminate. Many agents have been given forged and mutilated valuation papers by the third parties and are left to suffer the consequences of whatever happens. We do not need all this to get our vehicles release and we promise to challenge any command that may want to use the office of monitoring to extort money from our members when this new process commences”, he assured.

He further promised that the 15% National Automotive Council (NAC) levy turned import levy would be pursued vigorously immediately after the Sallah break assuring that the leadership would engage the National Assembly on the insensitivity of the present government to the plight of the masses to have introduced levy at this period when the economy is in comatose.

He continued, “We will also ensure that the Federal Ministry of Finance is dragged before the peoples representatives on this matter.

“Since the CRFFN Governing Council may also be inaugurated this week, it will be our first issue to be raised at the plenary which needs urgent national attention. All our efforts to eliminate NAC turned levy is being done in collaboration with the Motor Dealers Association.”

While congratulating all stakeholders particularly, the freight forwarders on the Eid-El-Fitr and Workers’ Day celebrations, Farinto who is also the Managing Director of Wealthy Honey Investment Limited said, “our Muslims friends have successfully completed the Ramadan period and it is only by God’s grace that we are all living to witness this year’s Sallah celebration.

“And since it also coincides with Workers’ Day celebration hence we say congratulations to all of us.May this period brings peace and tranquility into the maritime industry. I wish you all a happy celebration.”

Photo: Dr. Kayode Farinto, Acting National President, ANLCA.

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