Customs brokers adamant on VIN policy
The Shippers’Council boss further assured to escalate the matter to the Ministry of Transportation and management of the NCS for understanding and amicable resolution by all relevant parties.
To help the NSC fast-track a resolution, Jime also constituted a committee comprising members of freight forwarding associations and members of the NSC, with the mandate to list the unions’ grouses against the VIN policy and their demands.
At the meeting, the associations, which also insisted on their preference for the automated system, had told the NSC management that the NCS’ outrageous duty on imported used vehicles based on the recently introduced VIN valuation policy rather than transaction value, was unacceptable and mischievous.
The National Secretary of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents(ANLCA), Abdullazeez Babatunde expressed concern that contrary to the globally accepted and rational practice, the policy deliberately ignores the wear and tear and depreciation value of the vehicles in generating duties.
Similarly, the NAGAFF Deputy National President, Dr. Segun Musa, expressed dismay that rather than encourage trade facilitation, “vehicle smuggling will increase and the government will have to channel its limited resources to combating smuggling.
“If this isn’t nipped in the bud, there is also the tendency for customs to come up with similar approaches for other goods.
“This will push importers away, companies will shut down and jobs would be lost, while the government uses the limited resources to buy guns to fight smugglers.”
Babatunde disclosed that the NCS leadership had a week earlier assured the agents that it would suspend the VIN valuation system but reneged on that.
According to him, “we met the customs and conveyed these concerns. We also appealed to the Comptroller-General of Customs in subsequent letters.
“It is important to note that 70-90 percent of vehicles are imported through Tin Can and PTML. Customs agreed that the VIN valuation design neglected the extant laws on wear and tear as well as the 10 percent depression in the value of used cars.
“Less than 10 percent of the vehicles at the ports were able to access the customs portal for the duties. There are several issues that we observed and we asked them to revert to a manual process while these issues are resolved.
ANLCA breathes again!—–as peace returns to crisis-ridden association
The new BOT members include Alhaji Taiwo Mustapha, Dayo Azeez, Sir Ernest Elochukwu, Sir Dennis Okafor, Prince Ozo Chukwura, Alhaji Shamsideen Awopeju, Kingsley Offor and Mr. Eniola Igbaruola.
In the same breath, a seven-member Association Electoral Committee (ASECO) headed by Mr Alloy Anukwuru, was also inaugurated.
The committee was charged to screen and conduct elections into the executive positions(NECOM) in the association at a date to be agreed on at the next follow-up peace meeting in the next two weeks.
Likewise, Prince Taiye Oyeniyi was inaugurated as the new Patron of the association.
These developments thus signaled a new era and the end of five years of an acrimonious atmosphere in ANLCA.
The peace deal, therefore, dealt a death knell to the controversial interim NECOM.
A new era of peace and tranquility that blows a fresh breath of life to an association that was hitherto held hostage and gasping for breath after five years of suffocation.
Prince Olayiwola Shittu congratulates Tinubu as President-elect ,makes case for freight forwarders
The eyewitness reporter
Prince Olayiwola Shittu, the erstwhile National President of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents(ANLCA) has appealed to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the President-elect of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, to pay special attention to the freight forwarding industry in order to revamp and rescue the otherwise thriving sector from decades of retrogressive policies.
In his congratulatory message to the President-elect, Prince Shittu who is also the Managing Director /Chief Executive officer(CEO) of Skelas Group, enjoined Tinubu to give the operators in the freight forwarding industry the needed encouragement and support to enable them to improve on the revenue collection for the Customs Service.
In the congratulatory letter, he personally signed and a copy of which was sighted by our reporter, the respected Customs broker pledged the loyalty of all the operators in the Customs brokerage industry in particular and the maritime sector in general, to the in-coming administration of the President-elect.
”On behalf of myself and my professional friends and progressive-minded Customs Brokers in the Maritime Industry, I wish to felicitate with you and your Vice President–elect, Kashim Shetimma Mustapha for your victory at the just concluded presidential election, under the umbrella of the All Progressive Congress party (APC).
”I consider it a privilege to join hundreds of millions of Nigerians home and abroad, as well as well–wishers in congratulating you on your victory in the 2023 presidential election.
”I am optimistic that at the end of the day, you will bring everybody on board for the huge rebuilding that awaits you.
”Your victory didn’t come on a platter of gold, the discerning knows that in your characteristic manner, you prepared and fought well for it, alongside like-minded progressives through painstaking strategy, commitment and years of political bridge building.
”With your antecedent as an uncommon economic builder combined with your fine leadership acumen, we are hopeful that you will pay more than a passing interest in the maritime economy, which represents a bulwark of the national economy; in view of the changing fortunes of our crude staying economic power.
”As a customs broker, I enjoin you most respectfully to consider giving the freight industry the right encouragement for operators to improve on revenue collection.
”Hitherto, revenue brokers have been left with the feeling that they don’t matter despite being the real revenue collectors in all customs trade.
”As progressive players, revenue collectors can achieve much more if your administration offers them the right encouragement through the remodeling of retrogressive policies and the retooling of the benefits dynamics plus purposeful and mutually responsible stakeholders‘ engagement that has sadly, assumed a master–servant status.
”I am confident that you hold the leadership application to driving our economy and democracy in the right direction, through unwavering commitment.
”The customs brokerage and freight industry look forward to working harmoniously with your administration to raise the bar in revenue generation through a purposeful, mutually beneficial relationship.
”Your Excellency, congratulations once again as we wish you safe and strong; and wish your Administration a resounding success on all fronts”
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