The Tin-Can Island Port Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has made a significant leap forward by introducing an innovative application designed to streamline and automate its Bond and License Unit processes.
Engineer Samuel Bello, a Superintendent of Customs, spearheaded the development of this internal application within the Command, aiming to significantly reduce the substantial paperwork traditionally involved in managing Transire.
During a sensitization program held at the Command on November 30, 2033, targeting Officers and Stakeholders, Comptroller Dera Nnadi mni, the Customs Area Controller, highlighted the imperative need for automating the Bond and License Unit. This strategic move is aimed at enhancing administrative efficiency and improving the overall ease of doing business within the Command.
“In our quest for automation and the optimization of customs operations, we identified excessive paperwork in managing Transire, which could potentially lead to mishandling by unauthorized personnel,” emphasized Comptroller Nnadi.
He further explained, “This automated mechanism will provide us with better control over container movements until they reach the respective owners’ warehouses.”
While the application is currently not integrated into the Nigeria Integrated Customs Information System II (NICIS), the Customs Area Controller expressed optimism about securing approval upon presenting it to the Nigeria Customs Service management.
Stakeholders present at the sensitization session praised the initiative, pledging their support and collaboration to ensure the successful implementation of the automation process.
Chuks Okereafor, representing 5-star logistics, commended the Area Controller and the Tincan Team for the innovative approach in automating the transire process. “This initiative is commendable as it allows Customs to efficiently document and monitor all activities related to transire. Terminal operators are committed to collaborating with Customs to ensure the success and value addition of this automation,” Okereafor affirmed.