The Controller Tin Can Island Port Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Comptroller Yusuf Bashar has promised to ensure that examination of cargoes are conducted twice at all the terminals operating under the command.
Bashar made the promise when he met with stakeholders and executives of freight forwarding associations at the command recently.
According to him, the move which he said was part of effort towards facilitating trade will commence at Ports and Cargo terminal from September 5, 2016.
He however pointed out that trade facilitation can only be achieved in an atmosphere of honest declaration, which he said will allow for seamless flow of documentation in the system.
The Customs boss assured that all efforts would be made to create an enabling environment for honest declarants to thrive in their business.
Bashar also emphasised the need for the agents to take advantage of the full automation of Customs processes and procedures for the advancement of their transactions. He charged them to be compliant “in all ramifications” to avoid delays in the clearance of their goods at the port.
He noted that NCS has what it takes in terms of advanced technology to monitor transactions and ensure revenue leakages are blocked.
Meanwhile, the Controller has handed over a 40ft container of suspected expired medical devices to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).
He also handed over two suspects to the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) for falsification of SON Conformity Assessment Programme (SONCAP) document.
Bashar stated that inter-agency collaboration and synergy is a key element of the Comptroller General’s change agenda, which he promised to promote at the command.
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