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TROUBLESOME VIN: CUSTOMS TO HOLD MEETING WITH FREIGHT FORWARDERS

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By Innocent Orok

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) might have succumbed to pressure in order to avoid total breakdown of law and order in the Nigerian ports by calling a meeting of stakeholders to discuss the VIN valuation policy, which has sparked up protest for two days now in the Lagos ports.

Our correspondent has sighted a letter of Invitation for such meeting scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday 22nd Febuary, 2022 at the Tin Can Island Port Customs Command conference room.

The letter which was signed by the Tin Can Island Customs Command Public Relations Officer, Uche Ejesieme on behalf of the Customs Area Controller reads in part.

” I am directed to invite you to an inaugural meeting of the Customs Area Controller with selected members of the various freight forwarding groups and our critical stakeholders.

” Kindly note that each group will be expected to send three (3) representatives including the Chairman to the meeting in line with extant Covid19 guidelines”.

Freight forwarders are currently protesting in the Lagos ports over what they described as the outrageous and high duties being imputed by NCS in the VIN valuation policy on imported vehicles into the country.

It was also gathered that for a week now since the introduction of the VIN valuation policy, several vehicles have been abandoned in the ports due to the high cost of clearing them.

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