…FG should reduce age limit of imported used cars to 2010 –Alabi
Indication at the weekend was that the notorious traffic congestion on the Lagos port access road otherwise referred to as Apapa traffic gridlock has started disappearing forcing down the cost of transporting containers from the Lagos seaports to other parts of the country by over 120 per cent.
This came as Sunday Telegraph learnt that the cost of transporting a 40 foot container from the seaport to Ikeja about a year was between N600, 000 and N700, 000. But currently, importers pay not more than N250, 000 for a 40 foot container to be transported from the seaport to Ikeja in Lagos.
President of the Advocacy for Maritime Development Association (AMDAN), Mr. Segun Alabi broke this cheery news while fielding questions from journalists in Lagos at the weekend when he played host to the Monthly AMJON Roundtable, a news event of the Association of Maritime Journalists Association of Nigeria (AMJON).
He attributed the new development to the efficiency of the electronic truck call up system of the Nigerian Ports Authority, otherwise known as (ETO). He said: “ETO is a project of collective efforts and not Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) alone.
As a truck owner, as of today, the ETO system is working. In 2018-2019, accessing the port, in terms of what we experienced, was impossible, but with ETO it is possible now. No system is perfect but it is work in progress.”
According to him, the price of trucking a few years ago, transporting containers from Apapa to Ikeja was from N600, 000 to N700, 000, but as at today, taking a 40 foot container to Ikeja is N250, 000. “The price of trucking has come down. ETO has succeeded, all we need to do is to give it perfection,” Alabi stated.
He said that when ETO was introduced, there were complaints that those in-charge of it were manipulating things until the e-truck call up system was perfected. “When you have a project you are prosecuting, the success of it might not come to fruition at once, there might be complaints.
Just like when ETO started, there were complaints from those in charge of it – there were manipulations and other issues, then perfection came in.
“ETO is sophisticated. If any truck accesses the port, ETO sends the owners an SMS. We must admit that it is working and it can get better. “When a project is started anywhere in the world you face hiccups.
There is no project you don’t face challenges, especially where individuals or groups of people have interest on how the project will affect them. Some people will not want it to work while some will want it to work.”
Alabi further expressed his group’s total support for the Nigeria Customs VIN valuation for imported vehicles, saying “it simplifies our work and reduces corruption and extortion.” “Let all the value be on the system to enable the importer to view it. We are always in a haste to start enjoying a new project, but it is a gradual process, we need to be patient to make headway,” Alabi said.
He noted that in the past weeks it has been difficult especially for those that are still bringing in underage vehicles, which the VIN does not recognise any age below 2013.
“For example, if you bring in a 2008 vehicle and in the VIN, the minimum age starts from 2013. You are going to pay 2013 duty for the 2008 vehicle.
“That is the problem we are still having because there is no place for 2008 vehicles on the VIN platform, hence they still need to get a manual valuation, which is not good.”
He disclosed that the group has sent its position paper to the Federal Government of the need to ensure that underage vehicles get the right duty.
He further called on the government to reduce the age limit of imported fairly used cars to 2010, saying because of the high cost of the locally manufactured cars, the government needs to reduce the age limit of the imported used vehicles for the consumers to choose based on affordability
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