PAAR sometimes issues outrageous CIF value, Customs admits

The Tin-can Island Port Command of the Nigeria Customs Service says it has been able to tackle over 2000 complaints stakeholders operating at the command termed outrageous Cost, Insurance and Freight (CIF) value generated from the Pre-Arrival Assessment Report (PAAR) ruling center in Abuja.

Speaking with SHIPS & PORTS DAILY in his office, image maker of the command, Chris Osunkwo, acknowledged that sometimes the PAAR ruling center issues higher value than the acceptable value range of an item because they only work with documents presented.

He said that the command’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee set up by the customs management to oversee complaints arising from PAAR had been working tirelessly in amending the affected PAAR documents.

He said, “We (the committee) are reviewing the PAAR and advising the management and the PAAR ruling center to re-issue the amended PAAR because we are on ground to see the consignments.

“You know they deal with the documents presented, but in the real context of the word, destination inspection is all about seeing and assessing,” Osunkwo said.

The setting up of the committee at the various customs formation after the expiration of the provisional release window, Osunkwo said, was part of ongoing efforts by the customs management in ensuring that consignments got promptly released from the port, particularly with regards to addressing challenges relating to PAAR.