Customs Agents Decry Multiple Customs Units At Seaports

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The Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) last Friday said the existence of multiple customs units at seaports and airports performing examination and similar duties was affecting smooth trade.
The National President of the Association, Mr Tony Nwabunike, made this allegation during a courtesy visit to the Zone ‘A’ of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Harvey Road, in Lagos.
He urged the service to explain the terms of reference of its strike force for proper identification and to forestall impersonation
Nwabunike, who was represented by the Vice President, Mr Kayode Farinto, also pleaded with the customs to look into multiple alerts on cargo.
According to him, other customs commands should adopt the Tin-Can Island Customs Command’s method, called One-Stop Shop Dispute Resolution Centre Approach, where issues of value are treated by Valuation and Classification Alert.
“It is becoming worrisome as exited cargoes are recalled for duty payment, by virtually all customs units in contravention of best practices stipulated by the World Customs Organisation (WCO) guidelines on trade facilitation.
“Customs management should also look into the Ekiti/Ondo Axis of the Federal Operations Unit (FOU) on issue of additional duties levied on vehicles intercepted.
“ANLCA requests for coordinating and information-sharing between FOU and other customs units on-line based on the Presidential Order on Ease of Doing Business Initiative.
“Our association also plead with the Comptroller-General of Customs, Retired Col. Hameed Ali, to facilitate the allocation of cargo to dormant customs commands such as Lillypond and Kirikiri Lighter Terminal commands to collect more revenue and reactivate the activities of our idle members in those commands.
“We also demand an immediate solution to the non-compliance of Benin Republic on Transit Trade with the extant cross border and international protocol on goods from Benin Republic.