Barring any last minute change of mind, the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) is set to meet with the leaders of the protesting clearing agents on the controversial Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) valuation recently introduced by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on imported vehicles.
Members of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), Association of Registered Freight forwarders (ARREFF) among others have been protesting over the controversial VIN valuation policy introduced by Customs.
It was, however, reported that the nation’s economy has lost a whooping N250million to service withdrawal since Monday 21st February that the strike lasted to Thursday 24th February, 2022.
The meeting which is expected to hold on Friday was at the instance of the executive secretary of the council, Hon. Emmanuel Jime on how to find a lasting solution to the VIN valuation policy impasse.
According to a reliable source, the council was ready to weigh in due to the economic loss and looming congestion at the Port and Terminal Multiservice Limited (PTML) and Five Star Logistics Terminal.
It was further gathered that the Shippers council was also looking for a meeting points to resolve the impasse once and for all so that normal economic activities will commence at the vehicle terminal.
However, the protesting clearing agents have clarified their position on the strike action saying they are not against the introduction of the VIN valuation policy but, against the usage of Internet value to decide Customs duty.
As at the time of this report, it is not ertain whether the official of the Customs Service were also invited for the meeting.
Speaking to BUSINESSimsiderng, the public relations officer, Tin-Can Island Chapter of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), Onome Omije said Customs should make the policy fully automated without any human interference and interface.
According to her, the Legal notice 30 of the Customs Excise Management Act (CEMA) that gives room for rebate on used vehicles should be embedded in the policy.
She said, ” ANLCA Tin-Can stands with VIN valuation and we are ready but, we want customs to implement full automation. Also, what agents greave issues with is the outraouges value the VIN platform is generating. If Customs is sincere, they should come up with same value they give us manually before now.
“Clearing agents are presently confused as they can’t take up new contract from their importers because until they input the chassis number on the systemwhich can only be done after Vreg, they can’t generate duty na dthey don’t know what the system will bring.”