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15% NAC levy unfavourable to freight forwarding, say agents

The Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents has said that the 15 per cent National Automobile Levy imposed on imported vehicles was inimical to the freight forwarding in the country.

The new President of ANLCA, Mr Emenike Nwokeji, said this on Tuesday when he led the executives on a courtesy visit to the Customs Area Controller in charge of the Tincan Island Port, Dera Nnadi.

The PUNCH reports that the Nigeria Customs Service in April last year, introduced a 15 per cent NAC levy on used imported vehicles, a decision which did not go down well with the clearing agents.

Nwokeji further urged the area controller to look inward and engage the management of the service on the need to review the levy.

“It is inimical to freight forwarders mostly as it affects young agents that engage in vehicle clearance,” he mentioned.

The ANLCA president maintained the association would help to eliminate anything that would lead to embarrassment.

Earlier, the controller said encouraged the agents to remain calm, adding that things would get better.

He said, “I interacted with agents and they told me that they could not clear their cars. They said that the exchange rate was cheaper when they imported the car compared to what it is now. Some of them said that things were hard for them, considering that when the new monetary policy came things were worse. So, when their leadership came, I encouraged them to stay focused, that things will get better,” he stated.

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