As Importers Complain Of High Tariff, Senate Plenary Sets Up Committee To Probe NPA

By Randall George, GNN Legislative Reporter

Senator Albert Chie, Senator Pro-Temporal of the Liberian Senate

As importers complain of high tariff at the National Port Authority (NPA), the Plenary of the Liberian Senate has constituted an Ad-hoc Committee to investigate the increase in fees for inspection and clearing of Containers at the Free Port of Monrovia.

During Thursday, August 5, Session, the President Pro-Tempore of the Liberian Senate Albert T. Chie named Bomi County Senator Edwin M. Snowe as Chairman, Bong County’s Henrique Tokpah, Botoe Kanneh, Jonathan Boy-Charles Sogbie, and Emmanuel Nuquay of Gbarpolu, River Gee, and Margibi County respectively as members.

Plenary’s decision comes following communication from Bomi County’s Senator Edwin Melvin Snowe.

In Senator Snowe’s communication, the Bomi County Lawmaker informed the Body that MEDTECH SCIENTIFIC Company LTD operating at the Free Port of Monrovia has increased rapidly charges for Container Inspection at the Free Port of Monrovia.

According to Senator Snowe, MEDTECH SCIENTIFIC Company LTD has increased the charges from US$190.00 and US$280.00 to US$280.00 and US$400 for 20ft and 40ft Containers respectively.

Moreover, Senator Snowe stated in his communication that said complaint comes from Business people, mainly Liberian Businessmen and women who are facing the harsh reality of importing goods in containers from abroad.

It can be recalled that BIVAC Liberia has been operating for many years at the Free Port of Monrovia rendering the same range of services to MTS as it was the case before the agreement was transferred to MEDTECH SCIENTIFIC Company LTD.

Based on a motion proffered by Senator Jonathan Boy-Charles Sogbie of River Gee County, the committee is expected to report its findings within two weeks.

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