The founder of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF); Dr. Boniface Aniebonam has blamed the discrepancy in duty rates on imported vehicles coming through the nation’s seaport on human factor.
Aniebonam said this in a chat with Shipping Position Daily at NAGAFF headquarters in Apapa, Lagos.
He however added that customs operations are universal and that the duty variations might be as a result of the freight rate.
“Consolidated price for imported vehicles has to do with human factor, customs is universal. It is a human element problem. Customs is universal in the application of rules of engagement”
“The customs tariff is one, if it comes to value there is a valuation unit of the customs. So that is the problem of the customs to bring about standardization of operations whether it is at the seaports, airports or the land borders. What might vary the tariff might be the freight rate, so these things are not difficult”
Recall that at separate interviews freight forwarders operating at the nation’s seapors had decried discrepancies on duties payable on imported vehicles.