Lagos – About 22,000 Entry Summary Declarations (ENS) for Cargo Tracking Notes (CTN) have been issued since Nov. 3, 2015 and not a person has paid.
The Manager, Communication, Technical Support of Transport and Port Management System (TPMS), Mr Opeyemi Oke, stated this on the occasion of the 2nd Shippers’ Day Celebration and Exhibition on Friday in Lagos.
Oke allayed the fears of shippers (importers and exporters), adding that they would not pay for the CTN.
He said that, “ CTN is not about the revenue’’.
Oke said that “CTN keeps in view the safety and security of all categories of goods such as Roll On/Roll Off (RORO), containers and bulk
cargoes, including hydrocarbons.’’[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”70560″]
He said that the security of revenue related to port traffic were ascertained by the CTN.
“The nation’s budget can be sustained by the maritime industry,’’ the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quotes him as saying.
Oke recalled that the CTN turned controversial in 2010 when it was first introduced because a lot of things went wrong.
According to him, agents were billed as much as 350 Euros per container.
Oke said that as at Dec. 1, 2015, 27 surcharges were imposed on Nigerian- bound cargoes apart from the basic freight charge.
He said that the components of the freight were also hidden to every shipper.
According to him, through serious negotiation, 17 surcharges had been dropped. (NAN)