Clearing Agents on Strike – Brings a Stop to Activities at the Airport
As we earlier informed you there is an ongoing disagreement between Customs and Clearing agents at the Murtala Muhammed Aiport, Lagos. This has grounded activities at the cargo section of the airport.
You will recall that in June, 2018 the Association of Nigerian Licensed Clearing Agents at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, embarked on industrial action in protest against a recent policy introduced by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Lagos Airport Command.
It was gathered that the clearing agent accused the command of raising mandatory charges on consignments by 300 per cent. The alleged directive credited to the Customs Area Comptroller, MMA Command, Jayne Shoboiki, is that all consignments must as from July 13, 2018 be on Form M. You can get details of the story here.
However, up till now the tension between both parties are remain unresolved. Clearing activities were again stopped due to high clearing charges and other matters between the Customs and Association of Nigerian Licensed Clearing Agents last week.
The aggrieved clearing agents accused the customs of tripling the charges for clearance of consignments at the airport. In reaction, leaders of clearing agents ordered their members to vacate the premises while the command hierarchy locked the long room.
Although, in the previous feedback agent agent bodies had stepped to seek a peaceful resolve to enable work continue as usual, it was not quite clear when work was expected to resume. There there were indications pointing to a fast settlement.
Unfortunately, the bodies as at today are yet to reconcile and clearing activities are yet to resume at the airport.
It is rather unfortunate that this has led to a delay in the delivery of packages as they arrive Nigeria. Be rest assured all delivery will be expedited once shipments are out from customs clearance.
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