Council of Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Agents (NCMDLCA) on Tuesday
told the Federal Government to abolish the Cargo Tracking Note (CTN) policy on
imports to reduce port charges.
NCMDLCA, Mr Lucky Amiwero, made the plea in a letter addressed to President
Muhammadu Buhari, a copy of which was made available to newsmen in Lagos.
federation, minister of finance, minister of transport and the
comptroller-general of customs.
Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers Council, Mr Hassan Bello, had said that CTN
would checkmate under-declaration and would also bring out trade information.
CTN would create room for efficiency and add value to port operation.
the re-introduction of the CTN, adding that it would negatively impact on the
before the Federal Government should be how to reduce port charges in order to
make Nigerian ports competitive.
CTN was abolished in November 2011, noting that the cancellation was authorised
by the Nigerian Ports Authority.
said the notice of CTN charges given to shipping lines and consignees dated
November 2015 was a duplication of the process of Pre-Arrival Assessment Report
(PAAR) Form ‘M’ requirement.
the recent re-introduction of the CTN on imports requires an existing
legislation by the agency involved to carry out the implementation with regards
to charges and international process.
however, not contained in the status that established the agency.
the NSC is over-seeing the implementation of the CTN.
risk assessment system by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) through the PAAR,
was good enough to monitor cargoes coming into the country and that this
process needed not to be duplicated.
Cargo Information (ACI) is pre-arrival or advance information process and more
or less a security tool covered under the World Customs Organisation to secure
and facilitate global trade.
information or advance electronic information is a customs security control
process,” he said.
multiplicity of costs of imports and exports had negative impact on
locally-manufactured products and Foreign Direct Investments.
president said the multiple costs had led to high costs of cargo clearance
which had made Nigerian ports unattractive.
government to set up a committee of experts to look into various charges on
import trade in order to drop such charges.
forwarder said the charges included those that were duplicated, those not
backed by law and not tied to services.