Council protests NPA’s N10,000 levy on trucks operating in ports

The National Council of Managing Directors of Customs Agents (NCMDCA) has protested against the N10, 000 levy imposed on truck owners operating in the ports by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).

A letter signed by the President of the Council, Mr Lucky Amiwero, came after the management of the NPA said it would go ahead with the collection of the levy in spite of the opposition from the truck owners.
The letter is also coming on the heels of the commencement of the entry permit from truck drivers today. It was postponed from March 1 which was the date originally scheduled for its commencement.
Amiwero in his letter, described the levy as a duplication, arguing that it is already embodied in the delivery charges(DG) paid by the importer/licensed customs agents/ transporters on cargo operational rate in the lease agreement.”
The letter read partly that “the operational rates of the lease agreement to terminal operators include rate for cargo due and delivery charges, which includes the following: the charges are paid by the consignee; the Cargo Dues is paid in USD and Delivery Charges are paid in Naira; there is a VEP (vehicle Entry Permit) and Tally Sheet &TPR (Tenure Parking Rate) Charge per Truck entering into the Port premise.
“The Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) and Tenure Parking Rate (TPR) is embodied in the Delivery Charges paid by the Importer/ Licensed Customs Agents on behalf of Transporters.
“The payment is duplicated by Nigerian Ports Authority to Transporters entering the port that has been accommodated in the Delivery Charges (DC) paid by the Consignee (Importer, Licensed Customs Agents and Transporter).”
“The transporters are authorized by the Licensed Customs Agent to load 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 ones collected to the transporters who act on behalf of licensed customs agents.”
However, the NPA had okayed 1,500 trucks for operation in Lagos which are expected to pay the compulsory entry permit levy.
The General Manager, Western Ports of NPA, Chief Michael Ajayi, had explained that the trucks had been registered and certified as road worthy to operate in the Lagos ports.
Ajayi said the idea is to ensure that trucks operating in the ports were road worthy.
He said the measure was in compliance with the International Ships & Ports Facility Security Code (ISPS Code) adding that it will also check sharp practices and security threat in the ports.
Ajayi had appealed to customs agents associations for support in enforcing the new move by the authority.