ANCLA seeks inquiry into port activities, set to resist proposed levy by SON

ANLCA National President, Prince Shittu

The Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents(ANLCA) rising from a meeting by its national leadership, sought approval from the Presidency to set up a Judicial Commission of Inquiry on the activities going on at the port.

In a statement signed by the ANLCA’s National President, Prince Olayiwola Shittu, on Nov. 12,  the association said its aims to have a clear picture of what is taking place inside the ports to understand the challenges and how to go about solutions.

“The letter to the Presidency further requested for the setting up of a Judicial Commission of Inquiry on the activities of the Nigerian ports with a view of having a holistic picture of the underlined challenges and operational difficulties therein, caused solely by extortion,” the statement read in part.

It was also agreed at the meeting that the association would resist what it describes as 'all illegal and outrageous charges' by the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) including the envisaged N20,000 destination inspection  levy on imported used vehicles.

According to the statement, the association also approved its membership withdrawal of the Maritime Advocacy and Action Group (MAAG) for what it calls ‘lack of direction and focus.’

It called for support for the Association Electoral Commission for the forth-coming Eastern Chapter election, to encourage it to carry out its duties satisfactorily.

A key agreement from the meeting was to support the Nigerian Shippers’ Council in its enforcement of internationally-accepted best practice in terminal and shipping charges, in order to   make Nigerian ports friendlier.