By Gboyega Oni
The demand for payment of 2% commission from the federal government by customs licensed agents on all the duties they collect yearly for the government is long overdue and shall top the agenda of the new executives of the Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) who will be elected in March 2018 national elections.
One of the notable contestants for the office of the Vice President of ANLCA, Dr. Kayode Farinto, said that the payment was long overdue and promised to work with the new executives to pursue the realization and implementation of the payment to a logical conclusion if he wins the election.
The Vice Presidential hopeful stated this in an interview with PortNewsNigeria and noted that ANLCA members and other customs agents have long deserved to be paid the commission they collect for the federal government yearly just as Customs receives seven percent commission. He noted that it is the customs agents who source the duty from importers and not officers of the Nigeria Customs Service and so they deserve to be paid.
Farinto said the new ANLCA executives will work vigorously with the necessary government agencies to make the two percent commission a reality.
He maintained that the commission will serve as an incentive to spur customs agents to do more to increase revenue generation, discourage duty avoidance, boost trade facilitation and discourage diversion of imports to other lands.
Farinto, who is the current National Publicity Secretary of ANLCA, said ‘The payment of two percent commission and presentation, the payment of two percent commission to agents will increase revenue, stop avoiding of duty and facilitate trade. We are going to pursue its implementation to a logical conclusion.’
Dr. Kayode Farinto is a seasoned customs licensed agent who has contributed positively towards the growth of ANLCA, customs brokerage and the nation’s maritime industry. He is an eloquent speaker whose opinions and views have impacted on the industry. He is the Publisher of Ports, Entertainment and Business (PEB Gist) magazine.