The Related Port Marine Improvement Firm has denied allegations of arbitrary fees and charging in international foreign money levelled towards it by the Nigerian Shippers’ Council.
The council had earlier closed the corporate’s terminal over problems with non-compliance with regulatory directives and different arbitrary fees.
A press launch signed by APMDC Group Head, Human Sources and Public Affairs, Mr Olise-Emeka Nwachukwu, on Thursday stated its fees weren’t arbitrary, with its cost construction decided by the excessive value of delivering containers.
The assertion learn, “APMDC fees construction is set by the excessive value of delivering groupage containers from discharge ports or off docks to its Bonded Terminal/Warehouse.
“Transport Adjustment Issue-TAF, being a invoice again prices, is one instance of extreme prices of delivering our groupage containers to our bonded warehouse/terminal. APMDC is an skilled Nigerian-World Transport/Logistics participant with over 16 years of intensive buying and selling information within the Nigerian maritime sector.”
“Other than offering employment to Nigerians, the taxes our trade gamers pay to native, state and federal governments are income channels for the Nigerian economic system going from billions to trillions of naira generated yearly through customs import duties/taxes and levies.
“We’re main financial contributors; due to this fact, we must be applauded as an alternative of being maligned.
“APMDC makes daring to say that we’re contributors to the over one trillion-naira income declared just lately by Customs for the primary half of the yr and can’t be tagged as financial saboteurs.”
He claimed that NSC’s motion was sub-judice because the matter was at the moment pending at an appellate court docket.
On the corporate charging in international foreign money, Nwachukwu stated the Central Financial institution of Nigeria in 2015 grouped their companies amongst these eligible to cost in international foreign money.
He stated, “Relating to transshipment port dues, different fees assortment in foreign exchange, and NSC’s allegations of monetary infractions, there has by no means been any infraction, because the stated fees collected weren’t for native companies rendered.
“Transshipment operations and its related prices don’t happen at a vacation spot port of Lagos however at a ‘Mid Transit Port’ in the middle of the container’s journey between load and discharge ports.
‘Transshipment port dues outline and clarify the character of transaction for many who perceive the worldwide transport enterprise dynamics.
“In addition to, CBN, because the financial regulator of the nation, has exempted operators within the maritime and aviation sector the place APMDC performs, to make and obtain funds in foreign exchange.
“The identical round has been reaffirmed just lately as nonetheless extant by CBN; therefore APMDC has not dedicated any infractions as alleged.”