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Couriers decry multiple taxes

30 October 2013, 12:37

Abuja - Local courier operators in Nigeria have called on government to address the issue of multiple taxation by different government agencies, which they said was adversely affecting operations.

The firms made the appeal through a communiqué released at the just-ended third Nigeria Courier Summit which was held in Lagos.

The communiqué which was signed by Ibrahim Baba, Postmaster-General of the Federation and Okay Uba,Mmanaging Director, Ebony Express, noted  that the “burdensome” multifaceted taxation has led to the shrinking of the courier industry.

They therefore called for the harmonization of Federal, State and Local Government taxes so as to save the courier industry from collapse.

Other demands contained in the communiqué include the speedy passage of the National Postal Policy and Nigeria Postal Service Bill, which is a set of all important documents touted as transformative for the postal industry.

The policy and bill, which the tour operators say have been before the national assembly for years, if passed, will create a level playing ground for all stakeholders in the sector.

The courier operators posited that the industry was in dire need of an independent regulator to cater for its well-being.

The communiqué also called for the speedy review of ban on motorcycles by some State Governments, which contradicts the provisions of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) which Nigeria is a signatory.

The industry players, especially the private companies decried the recent increase in licensing and renewal fees by 300 percent and called for a downward review.

There are more than 200 courier firms in the country.

– CAJ News


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