The Importers Association of Nigeria (IMAN) has begun the collection of  toll fees from its members across the Country. This move was disclosed recently by IMAN Chairman which beginning from the Apapa premier port.

in other to make it know to all members, the man who double as National Secretary of the IMAN and Board of Trustees (BOT), Hon K.C Chikezie came from Abuja to address the maritime journalists through the Association Maritime Journalists of Nigeria (AMJON) Press Centre in Apapa, Lagos, he said that the collection levies from IMAN members has become important in other to take proper care of all IMAN members’ welfare as well as to join the federal government, security agencies to checkmate inflow of dangerous and substandard products into the country.

Chikezie who went through memory lane on how the IMAN came to being, registered as a body and instructed to carry on with its legal activities said the body has consulted widely with all its stakeholders before taking the decision.

He also said that the BOT has deliberated on the issue and agreed for the tolls to be collected.

On the mode of collection, he said IMAN has printed it’s receipts and has assigned Prosper Integrated Logistics Limited in collaboration with Flight Prompt Aviation Services Limited as collectors of the IMAN tolls.

The IMAN BOT also said that they has received approval from the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), other relevant federal government ministries and all the freight forwarding associations has signed their approval of the collection based on one strip deal,.

According to IMAN, a calibrated toll levy for a 40ft Container and it’s equivalent will pay N5,000 while a 20ft will pay and it’s equivalent will pay N2,000.

Association also noted that trailer (s) from the borders will pay N10,000, half bodies trailers from the border N5000, imported cars, either from the borders or seaports N1,000 and imported vehicles other than cars from borders or seaports N2,000.

The body also levied bulk cargoes of cement, fish fertilizer, rice, salt, iron ore, petroleum products etc with vessels 1-10,000 tons capacity to pay N10 per ton, bulk cargoes of vessels 10,001-20,000 tons capacity will pay N5 per ton and airports cargoes N3 per kilogram.

Chikezie said the Association has appointed two agents to responsible for the collection of the tolls fess from members.

In association’s flyer words inscribed said “As an importer in Nigeria, say no to importation of arms, ammunitions, light weapons, substandard and adulterated products.”