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The head of Shipping of Fresh Frozen Food Liberia Incorporated, Rahul Kshirsagar has challenged authorities charged with the responsibility to run the day to day activity at National Port Authority (NPA).

Kshirsagar called on the NPA to improve on what it referred to as unnecessary delay tactics usually employed by the APM Terminals, customs officers and the shipping line in clearing of containers at the Free Port of Monrovia, while adding that such calculated delay poses serious embarrassment for the entity and its many valued customers.

He made the disclosure over the weekend during an interview with reporters in Sayon Town. Recounting the company’s ordeal, the shipping head disclosed that the company imports nearly 150 40-foot containers monthly, as the highest importers of frozen food items in the country, while adding that US$60 is paid to the port authority for each container for the purpose of cooling.
Kshirsagar pointed out that the fund paid for cooling and storage fees is not what really bothers or affects his company, but when the fees are paid and those responsible to do their jobs are not working, its poses serious obstacles to the smooth operation of the company.
He argued that while many at times the shortage of certain frozen food items on the market, it does not entail that such food items is not in country, but people at the port who are excepted to work in line with their duty to ensure the containers are processed and cleared are employing undue delay tactics at the detriment of the suppliers and consuming public.
Rahul Kshirsagar: “We are facing challenges with customs at the Freeport of Monrovia; APM Terminals and Maersk Line system is always down. Our containers are getting delayed in the port; we are dealing in with frozen materials, so soon as the containers come down from the ship it has to be plugged and that plugging is not free. APM Terminal will charge us a day per container US$60.”
According to him, the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) the body clothed with the responsibility to govern the collection of lawful revenues under the stewardship of its Director General Elfrieda Stewart Tamba has attracted applauds from the Fresh Frozen Food Liberia Incorporated for what the company’s administrative manager Jason B. Weni has termed as the high level of professionalism exhibited in the discharged of its revenue collection function.
Fresh Frozen Food Liberia, a member of the Aja-Group Holding with headquarters located in Sayon Town on the Bushrod Island is the second highest value imported 2017 award winner and has been engaged with the sale of quality frozen food items since 2009 with 37 branches across the county.
The company was presented the accolade barely over a week on July 1, 2017, at the ceremony marking the Taxpayer Appreciation Day held under the auspices of LRA, an occasion that witnessed several local and foreign businesses walking away with various awards in different categories.
Speaking to this medium in an exclusive interview, the company through its administrative manager Jason B. Weni heaped praises on LRA Director General Tamba for putting in the proper mechanisms aimed at limiting the many bottlenecks that were once associated with the payment of taxes prior to the establishment of the LRA.
According to Weni, as the biggest company in the country’s frozen food market, Fresh Frozen Food Liberia Incorporated sole priority is to help provide sufficient frozen food items on the Liberian market, arguing that the local fishery lacks the full capacity to supply the country with such food items.
Jason recounted the lack of electricity as one of main challenges hampering the proliferation of what is normally referred to as the cold storage industry, adding the maintenance and the running of generators is cost intensive.
He called the Government of Liberia through the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) to redouble its efforts to ensure that the cost of power is more affordable and stable.

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