0ver 3,000 imported vehicles trapped at port as Vreg platform breaks down
Clearing agents and freight forwarders have decried over 3, 000 imported vehicles trapped at the Tin-Can Island Ports Complex, Apapa, due to the collapse of the National Vehicle Registration (VReg) platform created by the Federal Ministry of Finance (FMoF) for imported vehicles. The clearing agents lamented the daily rising costs incurred from demurrages arising from several imported vehicles trapped at the various terminals in the port as they unable to clear them over breakdown of Vreg platform. They said that VReg platform, which was created by the Federal Ministry of Finance (FMoF) for imported vehicles in 2021 became mandatory and first prerequisite for any vehicle that must be cleared from the nation’s port has been malfunctioning. Speaking with Daily Sun, the Public Relations Officer, Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), Tin-Can Island chapter, Onome Monije, said agents have not been able to access the Vreg’s platform in the last one week. He explained that exiting vehicles from the terminals have been a nightmare, adding that vehicles are attracting huge storage and demurrage charges from terminal operators and shipping companies.