GTBank suspended at Ports, as importers lament accrued demurrages on cargoes

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GTBank suspended at Ports, as importers lament accrued demurrages on cargoes

Guarantee Trust Bank Limited, a subsidiary of Guarantee Trust Holding Company (GTCO) has been suspended from collection of duties on imported cargoes at Nigerian ports by Nigeria Customs Service.

According to findings by DAILY TREND, several cargoes have been trapped at the port since Monday this week because freight forwarders could not complete their clearance.

Meanwhile, the National Public Relations Officer of Nigeria Customs Service, Deputy Comptroller Timi Bomodi had cconfirmed the suspension as temporary on orders of the National Assembly.

However, Taskforce Chairman of Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) Tin Can Port Chapter, Alhaji Rilwan Amuni has expressed lamentations over accruing demurrages on some cargoes that have already made payments through the GTB Bank, adding that there was no official notice or circular from customs to warn the agents from making payments through the suspended bank.

“There are cargoes we have paid duty on, using Gtbank, some people have paid money, while some have captured the cargo for payment.

“It is unfortunate that when we are about processing our documents after payment, the customs did not attend to the jobs we have paid for, they said that Gtbank has been suspended from their portal.

“Since last week Friday, most of our jobs have been trapped at the port until now, and this is happening at all ports generally.

I want to believe that the remittances to the Federal Government has not been paid for some time and this could be the reason.

“Ordinarily, customs should have cleared the cargoes we have paid for, but they have refused.

“The effect is that we are going to be paying huge demurrages, the customs are supposed to inform the shipping companies, in order to help us from paying these demurrages but they would not do that, there is lack of communication among all the players at the port”, Amuni stressed.