ANLCA calls on FG to nip the initial problems of E-Call up system for confidence in users
…Knocks CRFFN for additional burden of POF on economy
The Tincan Island Port Complex Chapter chairman of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), Comrade Ojo Akintoye Peters on Tuesday, called on the federal government to expedite actions on upgrading and updating the new electronic call up system for trucks to beat the hitches it presently experiences.
The chairman who said that ANLCA did not subscribe to those who are condemning the process added that the electronic system must be given ample time to stabilize.
Peters quipped that a period of one month or more should be given before complaints are made.
According to him, the association would do anything to support the success of any government venture or effort at putting an end to the anomalies engendered by gridlock within the axis.
Speaking with nigeriamaritime360 on phone, the newly elected chairman of Tincan Island chapter of ANLCA stated that the system, if given chance and well operated, would rid the corridor of the mess caused by grid over the last half a decade.
He therefore pleaded for calm among freight forwarders to allow for more time for the system to achieve its set objectives.
On the recent introduction of Practitioners Operations Fee (POF) by the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN), Peters said it was a wrong timing for the fee to be introduced.
He lamented that freight forwarders were already overwhelmed with different charges in the port saying additional fee would translate to high cost of doing business.
Peters lamented the negative effect the fee is likely to impose on importers and their agents.
He explained that the fee which is referred to as practitioners fee, ought to be decided by the practitioners and not the registrar who is not a practitioner.
Recall, that the Council had said that agents would part with N1,000 on 20 feet container and N2,000 on 40 feet container.
This development has since stirred a lot of hues in the industry especially when terminal operators had included payment of the fee as part of the conditions to lift cargo from the port.
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