Freight forwarders say no to end user certificate
Freight forwarders under the aegis of Save Nigeria Freight Forwarders, Importers and Exporters Coalition have kicked against the insistence by the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno that all imports must be accompanied with End User Certificate.
An EUC is a document used in international transfers, including sale of arms, weapons and ammunition, to certify that the buyer is the final recipient of the materials, and is not planning to transfer the materials to another party.
The group accused the NSA of insisting on EUC for the clearance of some special cargo, blaming the constant gridlock, difficulty in doing business at the ports, loss of government revenue on the policy.
Importers and freight forwarders found it difficult to get the EUC at the time of processing their clearance forms, SNFFIEC stated during a media briefing in Lagos on Tuesday.
The National Coordinator of SNFFIEC, Dr Chukwu Osita, said EUC was illegal and not in line with the Customs and Excise Management Act.
He lamented that a huge volume of cargo was trapped in the ports due to the demand for EUC.
He said, “The NSA ought to have put up a bill in the National Assembly to make EUC a sustainable law guiding Customs cargo clearance.
“We wonder why NSA became part of clearing of cargo or any Customs process allocated by law.
The group said there had been alleged bribery and corruption trailing the collection of the EUC.
It threatened court action, advising the NSA to desist &from asking professionals to produce EUC or we will have no other option than to drag him to court and seek clarification in any court of competent jurisdiction.
It stated, “The presidential order on ease of doing business stated that no cargo process should be truncated even by the presidency as long as it is in line with CEMA.”
Chukwu argued that the office of the NSA had nothing to do with clearance of cargo or any documentation but was purely for internal security administration and management.
He advised that Customs should be allowed to do their legitimate assigned duties effectively, with other government agencies involved in the cargo clearing process.