• Mon. Jul 15th, 2024

Nigeria Customs Service Enhances Trade Facilitation Through Strategic Breakfast Meeting In Kano

The Nigeria Customs Service, under the leadership of Comptroller-General Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, spearheaded a groundbreaking breakfast meeting with key stakeholders in Kano. The session aimed to address operational challenges and foster a more efficient trade environment.

Stakeholders, including Customs License Agents, Bonded Terminal Operators, and Importers, seized the opportunity to voice concerns regarding bottlenecks in clearing consignments from Lagos and Onne Ports during the meeting held on Sunday, March 10, 2024.

Issues discussed included challenges associated with the change of procedure code and the cumbersome process for clearing consignments on transire from coastal ports to Inland Container Terminals in Kano.

Comptroller-General Bashir Adewale Adeniyi addressed these concerns by emphasizing the Nigeria Customs Service’s commitment to transparency and efficiency, stating, “We understand the frustrations faced by stakeholders, and we are committed to addressing these challenges head-on.”

Adeniyi added, “Our goal is to streamline processes and ensure a seamless flow of goods across borders, ultimately driving economic growth and development.”

In response to manifest amendment delays, the CGC assured stakeholders of proactive engagement with operators and collaboration with the Nigerian Shippers Council to resolve issues hindering the timely clearance of goods.

To tackle delayed escort of goods in transit, the CGC announced plans to automate the process by deploying an Electronic Cargo Tracking System.

The Comptroller-General described the breakfast meeting as a renewed sense of collaboration, reflecting his policy thrust and optimism for the future of Nigeria’s import-export sector. He emphasized ongoing dialogue and partnership as crucial in driving sustainable growth and fostering a conducive business environment, stating, “Together, we will overcome these challenges and unlock the full potential of Nigeria’s trade ecosystem.”

The stakeholders’ meeting saw the presence of key figures, including Deputy Comptroller-General Muhammad Abba-Kura, Comptroller Federal Operations Unit Zone B, Customs Area Controllers of Kano/Jigawa and Apapa Commands, among other senior Customs officers.

Hyacinth Beluchukwu Nwafor

Hyacinth Beluchukwu Nwafor is a seasoned journalist and the CEO/Founder Belch Digital Communications, publishers of Hybrid News Nigeria.

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