The decision of the Nigerian Postal Service, NIPOST to introduce costs of licence for logistics and courier services across the country has sparked outrage among Nigerians on social media.
The new charges introduced by NIPOST are expected to cause an increase in the cost of courier services and delivery of goods.
According to NIPOST, companies which provide international courier services like DHL, UPS and FEDEX, are expected to pay N20m for a new licence and N8m annually while those who offer national services are expected to pay N10m for licence and N4m yearly for renewal.
Logistics companies that operate within regions are expected to pay N5m for licence and N2m annually.
For firms that operate within states, the cost of procuring a licence is N2m while the renewal costs N800, 000.
Courier firms that operate within municipalities are to pay N1m for licence and N400,000 annually.
For Small and Medium Enterprises, the licence 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 has triggered backlash from Nigerians who accused the government agency of attempting to kill small businesses who thrive on logistics services.
NIPOST spokesman Franklin Alao, in a statement on Friday however said genuine business owners who understand what logistics business entails would not be part of the protests against the new regulations.
“The new regulations were not planned to frustrate ease of doing business rather they aimed to promote growth of MSMEs. It would create a sense of sanity, consumer-service provider trust” he said
“It is part of the strategies to ensure effective service delivery as consumers would know the capacities of the operators they are dealing with.
“Where there can be issues is where a courier/logistics company with capacity for a local government area wants to operate on a state-wide or nation-wide scale. This would not be acceptable.
“If your license is for a state, limit your operations to the state/ region.”
The Minister of Communications & Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami, has however ordered an immediate end to the collection of the license fess, stating that it was not authorized bu his Ministry