The new schedule of fees for Angolan customs brokers “clarifies the current situation and reduces unfair competition” by requiring the collection of a minimum fee, said the president of the Chamber of Customs Brokers of Angola (CDOA).
Pedro Bequengue told Angolan newspaper Expansão that the new schedule “expresses the requirement to pay a minimum fee” and is clearer compared to the previous one, from 1992 which, “did not have very consistent values and it was difficult to understand if it was the maximum or minimum that people had to pay.”
The new table of fees, he said, range from 0.5 percent to 2 percent on the CIF value (cost, insurance and freight) of the goods, which is forcing the brokers always to charge for the service.
With current schedule of fees, according to the president of CDOA, some charge lower than expected fees, hence the chamber’s efforts to require a payment of a minimum amount.
“We had a good response from the Ministry of Finance and at the moment we are looking at the schedule that was returned to us by the government for some final clarification,” said Bequengue, who argued that the fee scale should be “a mandatory document” in order to prevent “unfair competition.”
Bequengue also told the newspaper that the chamber’s activities had been reduced due to the drop in the price of oil and consequent reduction of imports, “and it is expected that the situation will lead to some unemployment in the sector.” (macauhub/AO/MZ)