Govt bad Policy: More importers to close shop in 2016 – NAGAFF
.. Says revenue leakage is more than revenue collected
The chairman of National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders, NAGAFF Murtala Muhammed Airport Ikeja, Hon Segun Musa has said that a lot of importers will close shop in the country in 2016 following government’s bad policy.
Speaking in an interview in his office at the MMIA Ikeja, Musa declared that that bad government policy using the Nigerian Customs officials has forced so many importers out of business in Nigeria while others have relocated out of the country in the last few months.
According to Musa, the men of Nigerian Customs have mismanaged the ports across the country, adding that the revenue leakage was more than the money collected into the coffers of the government .
According to the NAGAFF chairman, high import tariff by customs was not favourable to importers and has led to poor relationship between importers and the customs.
“Customs officers mismanaged the ports, they have not brought to the table any meaningful policy that will actually drive the industry. Because they are saddled with the responsibility of checking revenue being collected by the freight forwarders, they actually mismanaged the ports.
The revenue leakage is more than the revenue collected in Nigeria, the tariff on imports are so high and that has taken a lot of business out Nigeria”, the MMIA chairman of NAGAFF said.
He stated further that: “We have criticised the President Arrival Report that government should not saddle the Customs with issuance of that certificate but the Customs came with all kinds of snow whiting discuss that they won’t be any query again when they start issuing the Certificate.”
He called on the federal government to engage private sector in policy formulations in order to get things right, stressing that importation was not responsible for the demise of some major industries in the country but as a result of bad roads, insecurity and poor power generation.
The NAGAFF chairman explained that they will soon go into a regime of external tariff where every importer is at liberty to import goods and pay tariff any where in the world and go to the border to clear their goods without paying to Customs.
He noted that “by the time importers start going to Ghana, Togo, Abidjan and Cotonou to pay duties, there will be loss of revenue here and our terminals will be turned into football field where they will be no activities going on in the shed. So, you can imagine how the Labour market will look like when about three million people will be thrown out of the market.”
The chairman of NAGAFF Murtala Muhammed Airport Ikeja noted that Nigeria has the highest number of contraband goods all over the world, adding that it was not in the interest of the nation.