Toyota on list of TPA wharfage defaulters

02Jan 2016
The Guardian
Toyota on list of TPA wharfage defaulters

THE latest list of companies which defaulted wharfage payment to Tanzania Ports Authority includes Toyota Tanzania Limited, an auto company which has sold the most luxury vehicles to the government.

Toyota...given 7 days to presents documents

Toyota which denied any allegations of tax and wharfage evasion last month has been given seven days to presents documents backing its payment of wharfage to TPA.
The ports authority recently revealed it had lost billions of shillings following over 2,000 cars leaving cargo freight stations without paying port dues between July 2014 and April 2015.
In a paid up announcement to the media yesterday, Dar es Salaam Port Manager said the 287 companies which include multinational corporations risk being prosecuted if they fail to meet the seven days ultimatum.
“Tanzania Ports Authority would like to inform the following companies to bring documentary evidence dated between July 2014 and April 2015 to the office of Marketing and Commercial Manager on the first floor of Port Manager’s office for verification of payment made,” the Port Manager’s announcement said.
The list of companies include global logistics companies led by Bollore Africa Logistics which a subsidiary of Paris Stock Exchange listed Bollore Group, Swiss based Kuehne + Nagel International AG and SBS Tanzania Limited, a subsidiary of Nigerian based Seven-Up Bottling Company PLC.
The list also includes local multinational companies belonging to Said Salim Bakhresa Group, Mohamed Enterprises Tanzania Limited and Quality Group.
Over a fortnight ago, The Guardian on Saturday obtained a leaked audit report of TPA dated June 2015 which indicated that a cartel of elite businesspeople and TPA directors facilitated clearance of 14,244 containers and 3,824 cars without paying wharfage between July 2014 and April 2015.
In its latest statement, TPA has confirmed that there is no documentary evidence showing that 11,884 containers paid wharfage an increase from 2,431 which Prime Minister, Kassim Majaliwa mentioned on his second visit at Dar es Salaam port mid last month.
On the TPA audit report, Toyota Tanzania is accused of not paying wharfage for 22 cars but the company and Dar es Salaam acting Port Manager, Freddy Liundi dismissed the allegations of default.
Backed by a pile of documents to substantiate his company’s position, the company’s Clearing and Forwarding Manager, Gideon Mwakisege said the 22 vehicles which were on a bill of lading with serial numbers MOLU-12014006842 paid $24,806 (about 42.2m/-) wharfage.
“At Toyota Tanzania we don’t involve ourselves in any unethical business behavior which denies the government its revenue,” Mwakisege pointed out while stressing that even Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) has acknowledged their clean bill.
In a letter dated October 15, 2015, TPA acting Dar es Salaam Port Manager, Freddy Liundi said the June 2015 internal audit report which identified Toyota Tanzania as one of the defaulters of wharfage payment, did not originate from his office.
“The port management is currently verifying our internal audit report and the outcome will be communicated,” Liundi said in the letter which was addressed to Mwakisege and a copy of which was availed to The Guardian on Saturday.