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ANLCA in Consultation with NPA On Approved Operational Guidelines. …Writes Osibanjo On Impact Of Lockdown.

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The National President of Association of Nigeria Licensed Custpoms Agents(ANLCA), Mr. Iju Tony Nwabunike has assured his members that he is in consultation with the Nigerian Ports Authority(NPA), top management to receive the approved operational guidelines for the lockdown period.
 
Mr. Nwabunike who stated this in a release made available to newsmen  in Lagos said,it is in line with the latest directive of the President Muhammadu Buhari in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, directing the seaports to remain operational in order to continue to handleessential cargo, even during the 14-day lockdown order in Lagos, commencing at 11pm on Monday, March,2020.
 
He further said,”As we  wait for further clarification, I want to use this medium to

inform our members that the key Executives of the Association, including myself, will be available to handle any matters that may require the attention of the association either through phone calls, SMS or WhatsApp messages”.

The ANLCA President however urged them to adhere to all instructions as issued by relevant authorities at this time.

It would be recalled  that the Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents{ANLCA) had in a letter  written to the the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osibanjo on the impact of the partial lockdown in Nigeria  stressed the need for “Force Majerure”, as it concerns imports and Exports in nigeria.

The Letter which was signed by the President of the Association. Mr. Iju Tony Nwabunike, made available to Timenewsreporter reads, “We are the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), established by Act of Parliament vide Illiteracy Act of 1954. We are the umbrella body of Customs Brokers and maritime practitioners in Nigeria  reputed as Africa’s largest and finest professional maritime/freight forwarding association.”

“We are happy with measures already taken by  the Federal Government of Nigeria to fight the Coronavirus (Covid19)  scourge in a bid  to stop the spread of the  virus in Nigeria.

“We at ANLCA are in full support and we have since last week shutdown our National Secretariat  and advise our numerous members across the Country to practice the Self  Distancing and stay at home order as issued by the Federal Government in  its efforts to help contain the spread  of the virus which may be occasioned by moving from offices to ports and to various homes.

“However, due to fear of losing money and investments through demurrage and other charges as may be effected by the shipping companies and terminal operators operating in the ports, hence our fears highgtened.

“Your Excellency sir, there is no gain saying that before  the Covid 19 pandemic  subsides for normal businesses in the seaports, airports and border stations to take it full swing, imported and exported items might have been trapped in the various gateways to the nation. As such demurrages and rent payable to Shipping Companies, Concessionaires/Terminal Operators will have attend an unbearable proportion due to the lock down.

“As you already know sir, it is difficult, if not  totally impossible to process customs documentation and take delivery of cargoes in our ports during this period. Even when attempts is made, it becomes  difficult because state governments have closed interstate borders, markets are locked and movement of certain vehicles restricted.

“We now have a situation  and irresistible circumstances that make the plea and activation of  “Force Majeure” in line with international best practices inevitable.

“We hereby call for the enforcement of “Force Majeure”  and total lockdown of  our seaports as already done in the airports and border stations  to curb the spread of the deadly Coronavirus  and  to protect  the Nigerian workforce operating in our ports.

“We also appeal to the Federal government to prevail on shipping companies, terminal operators and other agencies in the ports to be prepared to waive all charges, taxes and fees during this period of national compromise at all levels.

“Consequently we seek for all demurrage, rents, penalties etc emanating from inability to clear cargoes as at when due from the ports  at this period to be   waived effective from the first week of March, 2020 when the first case of the deadly virus was detected in Nigeria through an Italian citizen.

‘Your Excellency sir, we are appealing that you  use your good office to ensure that this is implemented  Immediately.

“Sir, please note that we are dealing with concessionaires, shipping companies and others  who are mainly foreigners, hence the need for government intervention  and  enforcement has become necessary.

“This open letter has become necessary in order to create a conflict free and friendly  business operating environment, even after this national pandemic is over.

“We also  want to use this medium to assure the Federal Government of Nigeria that ANLCA and all its members across the country  wil support the government and all its agencies in the ports to make sure government achieve its objectives in making sure activities in the ports  return to normal, especially in collecting revenue to the government.

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