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Customs agents kick over 7% port levy

By Godfrey Bivbere
A group under the aegis of National Council of Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Agents (NCMDLCA),  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 of  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, “The 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 reviewed  so as to accommodate the  present concession where most development is allocated to the concessionaires.”
It noted that the CTN “ would achieve a dual purpose of national security and collection of levies and taxes”.

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 of  levies and taxes, as well as assist  in ensuring national security.

The letter further noted that CTN represents  an additional layer of security to ensure goods reach their destinations in the same condition, adding that this includes processes and systems  to determine the location of  goods and help ensure that their location is consistent with what is authorized.


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