Liberian Senate to Probe Growing Fee Increase for Container Inspection and Clearing at Free Port

Amid the growing increase in fees for inspection and clearing of containers at the Free Port of Monrovia, the Plenary of the Liberian Senate has constituted an Ad-hoc Committee to investigate the matter in the country.

According to a press statement from the Senate Press Bureau, during Thursday’s regular session, President Pro-Tempore of the Liberian Senate, Albert Chie, named Bomi County Senator Edwin M. Snowe as Chairman, Senators Henrique Tokpah of Bong, Botoe Kanneh of Gbapolu, Jonathan Boycharles Sogbie of River Gee County and Emmanuel Nuquay of Margibi Counties as members.

The statement said the decision was triggered by a communication from Senator Edwin Melvin Snowe.

In his communication, the Bomi County lawmaker informed that August Body that MEDTECH Scientific Company, Limited, operating at the Free Port of Monrovia, has rapidly increased charges for container inspection at the entity.

According to the Bomi County Senator, MEDTECH Scientific Company, Limited 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.

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

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

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