By Godfrey Bivbere
A group under the aegis of National Council of Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Agents (NCMDLCA),Â has petitioned the Federal Government over the continued collection of the seven percent port development levy.
The group in a letter to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, dated 2 March, 2010, faulted the collection ofÂ the levy which an inter-ministerial committee had earlier recommended to be abolished.
The letter signed by its national president, Lucky Amewiro, stated in part, â€œThe inter-ministerial committee on Task force for the review of charges, levies and rates at the Nigerian ports recommended that 7% sur-charge should be reviewedÂ so as to accommodate theÂ present concession where most development is allocated to the concessionaires.â€
It noted that the CTN â€œ would achieve a dual purpose of national security and collection of levies and taxesâ€.
The group stated that in the place of the 7% port development levy, government should adopt and implement the newly introduced Cargo Tracking Note(CTN), stressing that it would aid collection ofÂ levies and taxes, as well as assistÂ in ensuring national security.
The letter further noted that CTN representsÂ an additional layer of security to ensure goods reach their destinations in the same condition, adding that this includes processes and systemsÂ to determine the location ofÂ goods and help ensure that their location is consistent with what is authorized.