LABUAN: The Labuan Chinese Chamber of Commerce (LCCC) has appealed to the Customs Department to expedite the release of containers worth millions of ringgit still held up at the Labuan Liberty Wharf since February this year.
President Datuk Wong Kii Yii said if the issue remains unresolved, all five companies which imported the containers would have to cease their business operations.
According to him, over 40 containers of alcoholic drinks could not be moved to their destinations due to a delay in the issuance of valid liquor import licence by Customs.
Wong reiterated the problem arises as the department has yet to renew the import licence for the consignments.
“A letter replied by the Customs Department in Putrajaya on April 30 did not resolve the issue but dragging it on to the extent of their losses, ” he said, adding that the importers usually submitted applications to renew the import licence about three months before the expiry date.
Should there be any queries by the Customs Department in relation to the licence renewal, it should be brought to the attention of the applicants well before the licence expired, he said.
“The importers are our members whose cargoes are stuck at the port. They had informed the chamber after they brought the issue to the Customs’ attention via a letter of intervention on April 8, where they were asked to submit certain documents to support their import licence renewal applications, but there was no communication at all when they received the renewal application, ” said Wong.
He said the importers are not new but had been in the business for more than three decades and were well-versed on the procedures to renew liquor/tobacco import licence. — Bernama