By DAPO OLAWUNI
The Lagos State Government has scrapped the collection of Wharf Landing Fees on imported vehicles at the port, DAILY TREND NEWS can exclusively report.
Containerized cargoes however are not exempted as they are still required to continue paying the fee.
This is coming on the heels of series of complaints from importers and clearing agents about multiple taxation on imported vehicles.
Apart from the Warf Landing Collection Agency collecting monies on imported cars, the Lagos State Government had recently deployed yet another team called; Lagos state Motor vehicle administration Agency (MVAA) to collect fees on imported cars.
The officials of the MVAA are mostly seen on port access roads, especially at Mile 2 Bus Stop, harassing agents and vehicle drivers, and issue what is called Temporary Vehicle Tag (TVT)
Apparently inundated by complaints from its members, our correspondent gathered that the National Secretariat of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) had intervened and forced the government to scrap wharf landing fees collection, while MVAA payment would continue.
In a forwarded message to ANLCA members, it’s National Secretary, Alhaji Babatunde Mukaila said that both the Wharf Landing Fees Collection Agency and the MVAA are government agencies with the same mandate, hence they have collapsed their fees into one.
He however said that wharf landing fees would still be paid on containerized cargoes
Mukaila said “ANLCA headquarters intervention between Wharf Landing fee Authority and Lagos state Motor vehicle administration Agency(MVAA) has resulted to harmonisation of the two agency mandates as it relates to import Vehicles Clearance out of Nigeria Ports.
“Members are enjoined to note that Only Containerised Cargo are to pay wharf Landing fee,while unpacked Roll on roll off(Roro)Vehicles pays for MVAA. Issue of double taxation is hereby resolved”
In a letter dated 26th of August 2021, signed by one Ogunlenu Musiliu A. on behalf of the Lagos State Government, the information was conveyed, informing ANLCA National Secretariat that both agencies are now collaborating for seamless operation.
The letter sighted by our correspondent states “I am directed to inform you that Lagos State Wharf Landing Fees Collecting Authority and Motor Vehicle Administration Agency have decided to collaborate to enable us have a seamless operation in the joint sales of Wharf Landing tickets and Temporary Vehicle Tag (TVT) at various points prescribed by Government”
“This Agreement was reached for government to have a singular point of payment fer the fees”
“This infarmation is necessary to enable you, as the National body informs (sic) your members about the synergy and the new arrangement since both Agencies are owned by government” the letter reads in part.
When he was contacted however, the Public Relations Officer of Wharf Landing Collection Agency, Mr Michael Okpithe debunked the report, saying that the wharf landing fees have not been scrapped but that both agencies are working together to harmonise their collections
He noted that the wharf landing Collection agents are now at the same collection points with the MVAA.
“Wharf Landing Fees have not been scrapped, it is a collection that is backed by law, what happened is that we decided to collaborate with the MVAA since we are both government agencies”
The MVAA according to Okpithe is designed to create a database for vehicles imported into the state, and in case of theft, be able to trace the vehicle.
According to him, the MVAA payment is renewable monthly, after two months it would no longer be renewed while the vehicle owner would be asked to compulsorily register his vehicle.