By DAPO OLAWUNI
There are indications that the Tin Can Island Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has reactivated the Five Star Logistics Terminal after weeks of severing the terminal from customs portal due to unpaid cargo assessment to the tune of N97million at the terminal.
The terminal was reconnected to customs servers on Tuesday 26th, July 2022 and work is expected to commence fully as from today.
Chairman of Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) Tin Can Chapter, Alhaji Muhammed Mojeed charged his members to go ahead and clear all their hitherto trapped cargoes inside the terminal.
Speaking through his Public Relations Officer, Alhaji Idowu Owoade urged clearing agents to be patient and follow the due process in the course of carrying out their duties.
The statement sighted by DAILY TREND read: “On behalf of our amiable and indefatigable ANLCA Tin Can Chairman, Alhaji Mojeed Muhammed, I am directed to inform our members that the Nigeria Custom Service, Tin Can Command has finally linkup with Five Star Logistics server this evening and with this development, work will start fully tomorrow 27th July 2022.
“We employ our members to be patient and follow the due process in the course of carrying out their duties.
“Concerning the waivers of terminal demurrages, it will be attended to as agreed with our chairman and his executives, if there is any issue different to what was agreed upon, our members should contact the association secretariat, we should please avoid violence in an attempt to carryout our responsibility, we belief that within two or three days normalcy will be restored”
Recall that the Five Star Logistics Terminal was disconnected from clearing cargoes on 6th of July 2022 due to activities of hackers who allegedly infiltrated the systems of Five Star Logistics Terminal at Tin Can Island Port of Lagos, whereby several vehicles were allegedly exited from the terminal without paying customs duties.
As a result of this, the terminal was indebted to customs up to N97.3 million in unpaid assessment of the vehicles.
The Customs are alleging that Five Star Terminal delivered the vehicles and cargoes without them being exited by them, and that virtually all the vehicles have backlogs of unpaid assessments mainly Debit Notes.