Buhari approves paperless cargo clearance

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President Muhammadu Buhari


The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) said it has obtained the approval of President Muhammadu Buhari to begin electronic clearing imported and exported goods.

The Comptroller General of Customs, Hameed Ali, disclosed this on Friday at the graduation ceremony of 40 officers from the Senior Course 3 session at the Customs Command and Staff College in Gwagwalada, Abuja.

Ali said the e-clearance will transform the operations of Customs, providing for faster clearance of goods.

Ali said, “Export and import processing will be paperless. Your performance evaluation report will not be written on paper; you will fill it online and your superior will assess you online.”

He challenged Customs operatives to have a mindset of training to adopt the skills once the clearance technology is deployed.

Ali also noted that the Customs Command and Staff College will have its name changed to Training and Doctrine Command following the Board’s approval.

The Commandant of the College, Acting Deputy Comptroller General Elisha Chikan, said the college had graduated two other senior sets since 2017.

He said, “Although 40 students were admitted for the course, today we are graduating 39 because we lost one of them.”

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