Strike looms at seaports over increase in customs duty

By Moses Ebosele – 
 Members of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agent (ANLCA) have threatened to shut down the nation’s seaports over 43 per cent increase in Customs duty.
  President of the Association, Alhaji Olayiwola Shittu who spoke in Lagos said the policy is capable of reversing gains made in the maritime sector if not reversed.
 Shittu decried fixing of the foreign exchange rate at N331 to dollar, adding that “Governments all over the world make conscious efforts to protect the interest of their citizens.”
 According to Shittu, its unfair to compel Nigerians to open form ‘M’ for imports at N197 to the dollar “and now forced to pay N331 after the goods had been shipped”.
He added: “We are calling for a National Executive Council meeting of our association where a date will be announced for total withdrawal of our services”.
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