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Importers using Nigerian seaports have flayed the introduction of Cargo Tracking Note (CTN) charges by the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) on every cargo coming into the country.
Under the new arrangement, importers using Nigerian seaports will now pay at least between $10 (N3,600) and $25 (N9,000) additional charges on every vehicle and container coming into the country.
Also, they will pay N2,400 per unit for all types of vehicles coming into the country.
A letter titled “Re: Notice to all carriers, ship owners, ship chatterers, shipping lines, shipping line agencies and consignees,” and signed by NSC’s Executive Secretary/CEO, Hassan Bello, explained that the administrative fees for the international cargo tracking note were charged at the following rates: 20feet and 40feet container, $25 per container, Roll-on Roll off vehicle, $10 per unit; break bulk, $0.2 per unit; conventional/groupage, $1 per freight ton and crude oil export, $0.1 per ton.
However, the council said that the administrative charges did not affect empty containers and non-crude oil export.
The executive secretary at various meetings with stakeholders had give them assurance that the CTN would not attract any charges.
Worried by the charges, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN)’s Director General, Remi Ogunmefun, faulted the introduction of the controversial charges.
He said that the CTN would drive up the cost of cargo clearance at the nation’s seaports and also has a negative trickle-down effect on businesses.
Also, National President of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), Prince Olayiwola Shittu, who expressed shock over the charges, recalled that the council had earlier promised his association that CTN would not attract any charges.

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