April 16, 2024

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Kano stakeholders express concern over bottlenecks in clearing goods from Lagos, Onne ports

Stakeholders, including leaders of licensed customs agents, bonded terminal operators, and importers operating in Kano have expressed concerns regarding bottlenecks in clearing consignments from Lagos and Onne Ports.

The stakeholders expressed their concern during a breakfast meeting, held in Kano with the Comptroller General of Customs, Adewale Adeniyi aimed at addressing operational challenges and cultivating a more efficient trade environment

Issues highlighted by the stakeholders 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.

Addressing the concerns raised by the stakeholders, CGC Adeniyi emphasized the Nigeria Customs Service’s commitment to transparency and efficiency, adding, “We understand the frustrations faced by stakeholders, and we are committed to addressing these challenges head-on.”

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

In response to the issue surrounding manifest amendment leading to unnecessary delays, the CGC assured stakeholders of proactive engagement with operators to identify and implement solutions, “We will work closely with shipping lines through the Nigerian Shippers Council to resolve any issue hindering the timely clearance of goods.”

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

According to the Comptroller-General of Customs, the stakeholders’ breakfast meeting brought a renewed sense of collaboration, which speaks volumes to his policy thrust and optimism for the future of Nigeria’s import-export sector.

He reiterated the importance of ongoing dialogue and partnership in driving sustainable growth and fostering a conducive business environment, adding, “Together, we will overcome these challenges and unlock the full potential of Nigeria’s trade ecosystem.”

The meeting was attended by senior Customs officers, including Deputy Comptroller-General in Charge of Enforcement, Inspection and Investigation Muhammad Abba-Kura, Comptroller Federal Operations Unit Zone B, Customs Area Controllers of Kano/Jigawa and Apapa Commands among other Senior Customs Officers.

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