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PTML announces additional charges on vehicle clearance from ports

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From May 1, 2023, importers of vehicles through the nation’s ports are expected to pay an additional N50,000 per unit on a forklift.

According to a notice signed by the management of Ports and Terminal Multipurpose Limited (PTML), dated April 17, the additional charge will cover the huge cost involved in handling cars with a forklift.

“PTML would like to bring to the attention of its esteemed customers that with effect from May 1, 2023, all forklifted cars will be subject to an additional charge of N50,000 per unit.

“This charge is necessary to cover the high cost involved in handling the cars with a forklift from the vessel to the final delivery,” the notice read in part.

In his reaction to the latest development, the acting National President of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents, Kayode Farinto, described the charge as illegal but assured that the group is addressing it.

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“We are addressing it because it is an illegitimate charge. We will refer to it as a contract of shipment.” They shouldn’t think of it at all because it can’t fly and we won’t allow it.

“And let everyone know that gone are the days that anyone will slam illegal charges on the stakeholders; it is illegal,” he said.

Also speaking, the youth leader of ANLCAs TinCan chapter, Remilekun Saliu, said, “They stopped loading forklifts and non-running vehicles before, but with the drop in importation, they placed a notice that they would start loading forklifts and non-running vehicles.

“They will still charge it locally here. Likewise, for the telex and pin release, they are charging us N25,000. This nonsense must stop.”

An attempt to get the reaction of PTML was not fruitful, as the General Manager of the terminal, Tunde Keshinro, didn’t pick up his calls or respond to a message sent to him as of the time of filing this report.

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