Manufacturers decry high import duty

Manufacturers in the country have accused the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) of contributing to congestion at the port through arbitrary increase of import duties.

In his remark at the 7th Business Luncheon of the Manufacturing Association of Nigeria (MAN), Ogun State chapter, President of the association, Dr. Kola Jamodu, said that the arbitrary increase in duties, as well as imposition of unnecessary taxation by government agencies has led to the accumulation of demurrage in the ports.

He also kicked against the current single window environment and pre-arrival assessment technique used by the Customs, arguing that they bring about delay in data generation and verification at the ports.

Represented by the Director General of MAN, Mr. Remi Ogunmefun, Jamodu advised government agencies to desist from turning themselves into milking institutions at the detriment of importers who choose to patronise the local ports.

“Government should ensure that cargo fares are relatively stable over time, while multiple taxation on imports should be looked into as a matter of urgency to avoid further congestion at the ports.

“Problem of efficient cargo identification, fast clearing process, arbitrary increase in cargo duties and continuous deduction keep reoccurring even at the ports, and I believe the Nigeria Customs Service will overturn this deficit in the nearest future”, he said.

The MAN President also lamented the erratic power supply witnessed in the country, saying that it also contributes to congestion at the ports as most appliances are electronically powered and require electricity to function.

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