APFFLON Group: FG Should Reduce Customs Duty On Ambulance, Others

By Clement Alphonsus
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Frank Ogunojemite (National President, APFFLON)

The Africa Association of Professional Freight Forwarders and Logistics of Nigeria (APFFLON) has advised the federal government to reduce customs duties on ambulances, firefighter vehicles as well as agricultural equipment.

This was disclosed by the group in an open letter to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, which was made available yesterday. In the letter signed by the National President, APFFLON, Frank Ogunojemite, the group noted that the reduction of customs duties should be part of efforts to boost health services and food production in the country amid the tough economic situation.

The group further expressed that the freight forwarders and stakeholders in the maritime industry as well as medical practitioners and a large number of Nigerians are concerned with the unfortunate reality of high duties levied on firefighting vehicles, ambulances and medical/agricultural equipment at a time of inflation has grossly weakened the purchasing power of the naira.

Also, the group noted that it has been observing with keen interest the numerous efforts the presidency has started putting in place and his choice of Ministers that oversee health, finance, transportation as well as marine and blue economy ministries among others.

The group explained that to cushion the effect of the harsh economic situation, cutting down Customs duties could serve as a palliative measure for small and medium-sized entrepreneurs in different sectors of the economy among other interventions.

However, It was stated that the reduction of customs duties on ambulances, medical equipment and agricultural equipment could be a major accomplishment for Tinubu’s administration if considered and enacted.