ShareTweetEmail0sharesBy Shola Fadeyi There are strong indications that the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC),  will  in conjunction with other agencies    re-introduce  soon ,  the Cargo... Shippers’ Council   Leads NPA, NIMASA, Customs to Re- introduce CTN Soon

By Shola Fadeyi

HASSAN BELLO OFFICIAL PORTRAITThere are strong indications that the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC),  will  in conjunction with other agencies    re-introduce  soon ,  the Cargo Tracking Note, popularly called CTN , which implementation was suspended  in  2015  by the Federal Government, having being in operation , for one month.

The CTN also known as Advanced Cargo Declaration System(ACD) is a global initiative to monitor and verify cargo on transit from Port of origin to  Port of destination, with the capacity to boost security and revenue generation of the Federal Government.

The scheme, when it is re-commenced, will now be executed,  on behalf of  the Federal Government, by the Shippers’ Council, as the lead agency ,alongside  the Nigerian Ports Authority(NPA) , the Nigerian Customs Service(NCS) and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency.

This is sequel to the fact   that the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice  , Mallam Abubakar  Malami  who was saddled with the responsibility of advising  on the  issue that led to the temporary stoppage of the scheme,  has given a positive  recommendation that will lead to its re- introduction , while the matter will be presented to the Federal Executive Council(FEC) soon.

Investigation showed that the Council and the other agencies , on behalf of government is set to bring back  the CTN  to  the Nigerian seaports, due to its tremendous benefits to the economy, in terms of revenue generation for the treasury ,through import duty generation, by the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) , data collection and security among others.

However, for purpose of more  enlightenment  , the Shippers’ Council will still  have  to engage  with the  critical stakeholders in the maritime and allied sectors  such as the freight forwarders , shippers, the Manufacturers Associations of Nigeria(MAN)  and the  Nigerian  Association  of  Commerce  , Industry , Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA)  among others before the scheme is returned.

Though, the cost or expenses to be borne by shippers   on its  re- introduction,  this time is yet unknown , but indications are that this will be minimal , while it will form one of the issues to be deliberated upon with the stakeholders.

When Marineandeconomy Online contacted the Shippers’ Council on the  proposed re-commencement of the CTN collection, its Executive Secretary/  Chief Executive  Officer , Barrister Hassan Bello confirmed  that it is so, but he  refused to give details  on what led to the stoppage  .

According to him , there is the need to recommence the implementation of the scheme because it is  another instrument  in shipping which can tremendously increase  government  revenue from customs duty  and for the  fact that  it will check under declaration  and concealment.

Bello said the CTN will also boost the revenue of the NPA because there will no longer be alteration of manifest ,while it  will increase  the revenue of NIMASA, because under declaration on the weight of ships will no longer be there, apart from the fact that , it  is a veritable source of data that will reveal  the volume and  number   of imports  into the country.

The Council’s boss explained that  the CTN is also a security document , because  it makes one to  know the type of goods that are imported  , while it assists in checking  smuggling and importation and proliferation  of firearms.

He said many African countries like Cameroun and  Niger Republic  among others  have keyed into the programme  because  of its tremendous benefits  and for the fact that  it is an initiative of the Union of African Shippers Council.

In terms of the cost, he said what the Shippers’ Council proposed was the lowest in the whole of Africa for the fact that it was not a direct revenue, while Government is only concerned with the benefits that will accrue from the CTN  to the economy and not the revenue to be realized from it.

He disclosed that because of the advantages inherent in the CTN, and to facilitate the export of its product , the Nigerian Liquefied  Natural Gas(NLNG) had already registered with the  Council  when  the scheme was operational while the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) was also planning to  do so  before it was terminated after one month of implementation.