Liberian Entrepreneur vows to allow Gov’t six free years of logistic services
Published On 28 Feb, 2018



There was a pronouncement from Amid President, George Manneh Weah of how broke the Liberian economy is. Andrew N. Anderson, a Liberian entrepreneur, has offered to render free services to the Liberian Government.

on Tuesday, February 27, Mr. Anderson, the General Manager of Gentle Clearing and Forwarding Company vowed to allow the government six years of free logistic services.

Gentle Clearing and Forwarding Company is a Liberian-owned business involved in clearing and documentation process of cargo and machines from the Freeport of Monrovia and other ports of entry in Liberia for its several clients.

“In our own way, we decided to make our personal contribution to help this government morally. I have decided to grant the government six years of free logistical service besides paying local charges. Any Ministry that will bring in their documents in my office, Gentle clearing will offer free services besides paying local services to the government, that is APM Terminal handling charge and obtaining delivery order from the shipping line and transportation. But when it comes to documentation from LRA, Commerce and BIVAC during declaration to have the Cargo cleared, my company is saying we are willing to carry on logistics services free for this George Weah’s administration for six years,” he vowed.

For the time being, Anderson has bewailed the obstacles, importers and clearing companies encounter in clearing goods and at the Freeport of Monrovia.

Anderson complained about the lack of co-operation between BIVAC and Custom, coupled with poor delivery service system which to him is one of the major players in the importation of goods and services that is posing a serious setback in the operations of his business and other businesses.

“BIVAC will tell you that before bringing shipment in, it must be inspected over sea.”

“BIVAC will give you a document called Clean Report of Findings which indicates your duty and when you come to Liberia and receive your documents from BIVAC and you go do declaration with the intention that you are going to pay the duty that BIVAC has indicated, Custom will tell you no, the duty is not correct. You’re supposed to pay additional. When you call BIVAC they will tell you the Custom people are doing their own thing. Honestly, we want to know who is doing what; who is contradicting. Because I know BIVAC is not manufacturing, they are going by the book,” he explained.

He also blamed APM Terminal of creating serious inconvenience for customers by delaying the giving out of invoice, observing that customers would sit for undue hours before being attended to for invoice from India.

“AMP terminal prolonging of generating invoice is killing us. Nowhere in the world will you tell somebody to come pay money to you and tell them say they must wait must your invoice come from India before they send it by email. Shipping is time. There is no time wasting. Every one-minute or two is important in shipping. So, we need to address this issue. We have a young President, young government with lots of young forces. It’s time that we all speak out because we all want to be players and nobody wants to be a player no more. We want to speak out. This is everyday thing. Lots of people complained a lot of time about the confusion.” He lamented.

He also claimed that during the period of the past government, authorities at the Ministry of Commerce make late the action of supplying important documents in demand of kickbacks, something that adversely affected their businesses and the economy as well.

He stated that the action of delay in issuance of documents such as Import Permit Declaration (IPD) that permits importers to clear their goods from the port adversely affected the economy and Liberians.

“During the past government, when gasoline is coming into the country, we the agent of super Petroleum will go and process an IPD which should be given back within 24 hours. This IPD will stay on somebody desk for more than one month because I don’t know the reason.  Maybe they want a kickback, they want a special envelop just to sign an IDP. So, I am calling on Professor Wilson Tarpeh – we cried for change for hope, the change should come. This time around the change should come. They must prove that there is change. When we send IPD for processing, we should receive it within 24 hours. IPD don’t need to sit on somebody’s desk for two weeks,” he urged.

He called on the new administration to do away with such corrupt practice and urged them that their actions should reflect the Coalition for Democratic Change’s “Change for Hope mantra that resonated well with the public.


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