We’ll resist vehicle pre-shipment inspection levy by SON, says ANLCA

Prince Olayiwola Shittu, National President, ANLCA

The National President of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents(ANLCA), Prince Olayiwola Shittu, says his association will resist the proposed imposition of N20,000 vehicle pre-shipment inspection levy by the Standards Organisation of Nigeria(SON).

Shittu noted that all introduced charges were first passed through the National Assembly for appropriation and this proposed charge, though they will ever resist it, should be put before the National Assembly.

He said it was obvious that SON just wanted to look for where to generate income because the issue of pre-shipment inspection was uncalled for since there was already a benchmark of 15 years for imported used vehicles. He said SON should rather take seriously, its job to ensuring standardisation of locally produced- goods.

“First, we will resist any attempt by SON to impose that N20,000 levy for pre-shipment inspection. However, all introduced charges must pass through the National Assembly for appropriation.

“Were the service providers not the same people who could not manage the Risk Assessment Report(RAR)? So, why should SON come up with such charges?

“We cannot accept this because our members will suffer for it at last. This will affect the importation and that will mean shortfalls in business for our members,” Shittu said.

Meanwhile, the ANLCA chieftain advised that all agents should key into the on-going training by the Nigeria Customs Service, to improve their knowledge-base to help them in the course of their business transactions with the customs operatives.

He said the training which had been going on in batches was designed to enable agents fit in whenever they came in for the programme, adding that it was open for every agent irrespective of what association they belonged.