Licensed customs agents have called on the Federal Government to address issues related to exchange rates and taxation in order to boost the maritime sector. In separate discussions with The PUNCH in Lagos on Tuesday, the agents emphasized the need for the government to address various economic challenges affecting the sector.
Mr. Lucky Amiwero, the founder of the National Council of the Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Agents, highlighted the adverse impact of economic challenges, leading to a significant decline in importation. He urged the government to focus on economic issues and move away from a political approach, addressing concerns related to the floating exchange rates and fuel subsidy.
Nnadi Ugochukwu, Vice President of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders, urged the government to tackle excessive taxation in the sector. He criticized the taxation of vehicles based on age and questioned the imposition of levies on various goods, including trailers and tankers.
Ugochukwu also advocated for a reevaluation of the country’s approach to rice production, suggesting that the ban on rice importation should be lifted due to widespread hunger.
Furthermore, Olusegun Musa, a former Chairman of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders, Murtala Muhammed Airport Chapter, called for a review of government policies on export, import, and other fiscal matters. He emphasized the importance of consistent policies that provide direction to stakeholders in the industry and urged the Comptroller General of Customs to engage in discussions with industry stakeholders to improve the system.