The Nigeria Customs Service remains steadfast in its commitment to bolstering border security and trade facilitation through comprehensive capacity-building initiatives.
The announcement came from the Comptroller-General of Customs, CGC Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR, during the inauguration of a 5-day workshop on ‘Rules of Origin’ at the Nigeria Customs Command and Staff College Gwagwalada.
The workshop, co-organized by the Alliance for Trade Facilitation, GIZ, and the World Customs Organization (WCO), aims to equip officers with essential knowledge.
Represented by the Deputy Comptroller-General in charge of Tariff and Trade, DCG Abdullahi Musa, CGC Adeniyi welcomed WCO Experts visiting Nigeria to enhance officers’ expertise in trade facilitation, aligning with their active involvement in the Africa Continental Free Trade Area.
DCG Musa, speaking on behalf of the CGC, emphasized the Customs Service’s commitment to collaboration with development partners for capacity building, highlighting the workshop’s crucial role in fortifying the capabilities of the Nigeria Customs Service.
He announced, “So far, the Nigeria Customs Service has been designated the competent authority for issuing Certificates of Origin. Over the next five days, 25 officers will undergo intensive training on the Rules of Origin.”
The lead origin expert for the WCO, Mette Azzam, expressed the significance of the training workshop as an excellent collaboration between customs administration, WCO, and GIZ.
She underscored the growing importance of knowledge on Rules of Origin worldwide, particularly in light of the proliferation of Free Trade Agreements.
Azzam highlighted potential pitfalls, emphasizing that incorrectly determining the value of goods could result in unexpected duty payments. She stressed the substantial impact of Rules of Origin on revenue and urged participants to correctly determine the preferential value of goods to avoid inaccurate duty payments.
ACG Ibrahim Alfa, Assistant Comptroller-General in charge of Strategy, Research, and Policy, urged participants to pay meticulous attention to the workshop’s teachings, highlighting its significance in enhancing the Service’s efficiency in revenue generation.
Reiterating the importance of correctly determining the preferential value of goods, ACG Alfa emphasized the workshop’s focus on promoting the Service’s efficiency in revenue generation.
He encouraged participants to absorb the knowledge presented, recognizing its relevance to the evolving landscape of international trade agreements.
The 5-day workshop aims to empower 25 officers from the Nigeria Customs Service through intensive training, discussions, and assessments on the Rules of Origin. As the Customs Service collaborates with international partners, the objective is to enhance officers’ expertise and contribute to successfully implementing the Africa Continental Free Trade Area.