FEC okays new portal for import duty exemption

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) Wednesday approved a new portal for the management of import duty exemptions and vehicle identification numbers.
This was disclosed by the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, while briefing State House correspondents at the end of the weekly FEC meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

She said applicants for import duty tax exemptions would pay a N60,000 (sixty thousand naira).
The minister said the decision was to enhance efficiency, as well as ensure transparency in the management of revenues from the areas concerned.
“Today the Ministry of Finance sort the approval on a project which is designed to manage an automated gate way platform for the issuance of import duty exemption certificates as well as vehicle identification and registration number.

“The federal ministry of finance, Budget and National planning is responsible for the management of the country’s National finance and one of our responsibilities is implementing fiscal incentives that are used to attract investors to promote non-oil exports as well encourage industrialization programme and stimulate growth in the economy. 
“So, what we do is to handle applications for exemptions that come to the ministry. Various categories of import duty payment payments and other tax incentives and some of these exemptions cover a number of sectors including the downstream gas utilization projects, the Agro Allied processing projects, Aviation- commercial aircraft engines and spare parts, automobile assembly, iron and steel production, power including thermal hydro, solar and wind, textiles- plants, machinery and equipment that are imported for use for mining operations.
“In the process of these exemptions, a couple of years, we realize that government was actually ceding quite a significant amount of revenue through this process. Because the process was largely paper based, we got approval today to automate this process, to enhance efficiency, to block possible leakage and also to reduce the amount of time that the ministry takes to review this exemption request and provide the necessary approvals.

“This portal will be managed by both the ministry as well as the Nigeria custom service. The vehicle identification number will be available to any user to access to find out information on vehicles. On our part, on the IDEK component, we will be able to see how much waivers have been granted to which sectors and also track the performers of those waivers and reduce the cost subsequently,” he said.
She said the portal would be developed under a Public Private Partnership arrangement.“The portal is undertaking in the form of a PPP between the ministry of finance and Messrs Fore-core Technology Solutions limited. They are to develop, deploy, manage and transferred back to the ministry.

“They are to be earning a revenue which is coming from IDEK application fee. We are going to share the revenue in the promotion of 90 percent to the government and 10 percent of Messrs Forcore Technology Solutions Limited. They are earning this 10 percent to enable recover the cost of deployment as well as the management because they will also be the ones managing the project over this 10-year period,” she said.

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