By DAPO OLAWUNI
Members of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) have been urged to take advantage of the temporary reconnection of GTB Bank to the trade portal of the Nigeria Customs Service and take delivery of their trapped containers.
According to ANLCA’s top gun, Dr Kayode Farinto, the association has gotten feelers that the bank would be reconnected today, haven paid up the debts owed to the federal government in remittances.
Recall that the Nigeria Customs Service had two weeks ago suspended the GTB Bank from collection of import duty payments on cargoes, thereby subjecting importers and clearing agents to huge demurrages at the port.
National Public Relations Officer of customs, Deputy Comptroller Timi Bomodi had explained to DAILY TREND that the suspension was on the directive of the National Assembly.
But in a statement to ANLCA members by Dr Farinto on Tuesday, he hinted that GT Bank may be restored back into NCS portal, having been suspended due to non remittances of money collected on behalf of the Federal government.
“We have confirmed that the bank has paid back some of the money at the close of work today and the suspension may be lifted tomorrow (today)
“In view of this, we want to advice that everyone affected should endeavor to use the opportunity to quickly get your cargoes/consignments release on time as this re-absorption is temporary.
“Finally, in view of this Criminality And the fact that the issue is still Lingering, we want to advice agents not to open any Form M with GT Bank again and also that no assessment payment should be generated putting GT bank untill we are sure that she has been completely cleared.
“The fact that the bank has refused to reply all our correspondence and did not also deem it fit to talk to stakeholders is an admittance of guilt. We are also using this opportunity to inform our members to forward all demmurages and storages payment through your chapter executives to the National secretary.
“We will henceforth not tolerate all this brigandage going forward and we have concluded to report this misdemeanor to the Economic and financial crime commission (EFCC) to do the needful” Farinto stated