By Godwin Oritse

THE National Council of Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Agents, (NCMDLCA) has said that the truck registration fee presently being collected from truck owners by the management of the Nigerian Ports Authority, (NPA), is illegal and against the concession agreement.

President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the opening of a 2-day National Economic Council Retreat at the Statehouse Conference Centre on 21st March 2016.

The group’s president, Mr. Lucky Amiwero said that the truck registration by the port authority amounts to double payment as the fee has been paid along with other charges.

He explained that before a truck goes into the port to load a container, it must pay what is called Vehicle Entry Permit fee adding the fee being collected for registration was unnecessary.

In a petition to President Muhammedu Buhari, Amiwero said that what  NPA is collecting as Truck Registration Fee has been paid for by importer adding that the money is also part of the operational rate contained in the lease agreement.

He explained that the operational rates of the lease agreement to Terminal operators include rate for cargo due and Delivery Charges, adding that while the charges are paid by the consignee the cargo dues are paid in Dollars, delivery charges are in Naira.

In a petition to President Muhammedu Buhari, Amiwero said that what  NPA is collecting as Truck Registration Fee has been paid for by importer adding that the money is also part of the operational rate contained in the lease agreement.

He said: “The transporters are authorized by the Licensed Customs Agent toLoad the goods from the Port on their behalf and forward them to various destination based on the contract of carriage that covers the goods from the Port to destination.

“We hereby request the Federal Government to intervene and stop the duplicated collection on Vehicles Entry permit (VEP) and Tenure parking Rate (TPR), and refund the once collected to the Transporters who acts on behalf of Licensed Customs Agents.”

Efforts to reach Captain Ihenacho Ebubeogu for comments was futile as calls made to his phone were unanswered.

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