Outrage as NIPOST enforces new charges on courier services
Outrage as NIPOST enforces new charges on courier services. #saynotonipost trends on Twitter.
The Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST)has increased the cost of licences for logistics and courier companies.
International courier service providers like DHL, UPS and FEDEX, are expected to pay N20m for a new licence and N8m annually.
While those offering national services are expected to pay N10m for licence and N4m yearly for renewal.
Logistics companies operating within regions are expected to pay N5m for licence and N2m annually.
For firms operating within states, the cost of procuring a licence is N2m while renewal costs N800,000.
Courier firms that operate within municipalities are to pay N1m for licence and N400,000 annually.
The license for SMEs is N250,000 while the annual renewal of the licence is N100,000.
The SME category is for small courier firms which have not more than five delivery vehicles.
This is expected to increase the cost of delivered goods as well as online purchases.
Since Covid-19, many firms had to take their businesses exclusively online and depend on courier and logistics companies to deliver goods to their customers.
Lagos and Abuja are famous for courier and logistics companies and are expected to be hit by this unprecedented move.
But NIPOST said that the new charges imposed were part of an attempt to increase its revenue and sanitise the system.
“We discovered that many of the logistics companies don’t even have an address. Many of these firms use motorcycles that are not up to standard. These licenses will ensure that the system is well regulated,” said an official of NIPOST, who pleaded anonymity.
Not surprisingly, many online retailers are outraged and have taken to Twitter and other social media platforms to protest this shocking development.
They complained about the government’s lackadaisical and nonchalant attitude towards helping small businesses, and that the government was bent on frustrating them.
They also said that NIPOST had already started arresting dispatch riders and seizing their vehicles.
A Twitter handle, Gidi Traffic, complained bitterly of the recent development. They posted this:
RT @yemisi_williams: Since the start of the Nipost saga yesterday,I’ve been so weak to my bone and so lost of words. How can you make us unemployed and still frustrate the entrepreneur spirit in us.
— GIDITRAFFIC (@Gidi_Traffic) July 25, 2020
See more tweets:
Private dispatch Riders. #SayNoToNipostFee #NOTONIPOSTFEE is not trending yet. Lend a voice y’all . We are all gonna feel this heat. Please lend a voice. This is outrageous. pic.twitter.com/PTgghqRzKZ
— Aduke omo williams (@yemisi_williams) July 25, 2020
Dear @NipostNgn , you have outlived your time. It’s time to go. This is the clearest yet of why NIPOST has lost its essence for being. And NITEL awaits you under the ground! pic.twitter.com/8weWCdmhGx
— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) July 25, 2020
At a time when govts all around the world (including Nigerian state govts) are reducing taxes, granting tax holidays and helping out small businesses, the Federal Govt wants to enforce Stamp Duty and NIPOST Courier Licence fees? I don’t get it.
— Dr. Joe Abah (@DrJoeAbah) July 25, 2020
This wasn't well thought out, I must say. It would only aggravate the struggles of many young Nigerians. How do we encourage them to be involved in economic building if we initiate policies that would hamper their businesses. The FG and @NipostNgn need to reconsider. pic.twitter.com/hM2EJt9NaR
— ITS DONJAZZY AGAIN😉 (@DONJAZZY) July 24, 2020
Two of my dispatch riders called to cancel all my deliveries for tomorrow because NIPOST task force members will allegedly flood Lagos roads to arrest courier companies that don't obtain a new NIPOST permit that allegedly costs 1 Million Naira!
Are we not mad in this country?
— LOLA (@CuteNaija) July 24, 2020
Government for the people… What a joke.