Despite FG’s approval, Cargo Tracking Note yet to be implemented

| Despite FG’s approval, Cargo Tracking Note is yet to be implemented

The long-awaited implementation of the International Cargo Tracking Note (CTN) has continued to linger despite approval by the past administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Federal Executive Council had in February 2023 approved the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) implementation of the controversial CTN for ports nationwide, which its operations are expected to plug revenue leakages and generate revenue between $90 million to $235 million yearly for the government.

The CTN is a vital document in international shipping and trade, designed to enhance security and transparency in the movement of cargo.

It also requires that detailed information about cargo shipments, such as their origin, destination, contents, and other relevant details, be provided to authorities prior to shipment, which is crucial for tracking and monitoring to prevent smuggling, fraud, and other illicit activities.

Explaining the reason behind the delay, the Director of Consumer Affairs of Nigeria Shippers Council, Cajetan Agu, cited a change in government as the reason behind the delay, adding that the council is awaiting the opportunity to brief the new minister on the matter before proceeding with the implementation.

Meanwhile, stakeholders have expressed doubts about the delay being solely attributed to the change in government.
The Secretary of the Customs Consultative Committee (CCC), Dr Eugene Nweke, emphasised the need for a comprehensive discussion regarding CTN implementation.

Nweke, who is the former President National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), said the CCC intends to request a thorough and healthy dialogue with the Nigerian Customs Service to ensure the CTN becomes a valuable addition to the port value chain.

He said the CTN should not be perceived as a mere trade document contraption solely for revenue generation objectives.
Nweke noted that the goal should be to make CTN implementation an inclusive and sustainable practice, considering the interests of the trading public.

The National Secretary of the National Council of Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Agents (NCMDLCA), Festus Ukwu, emphasised that the CTN’s implementation could increase the cost of doing business within the Nigerian ports, potentially leading to higher costs of goods and services and exacerbating inflation.

“The CTN is being resisted by major stakeholders in the maritime industry mainly for the fact that it will increase the cost of doing business in our ports corridor, thereby affecting the cost of goods and services and ultimately aggravating inflation,” he said.

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