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Don’t use Form-M, PAAR in cargo clearance now – Dr Aniebonam tells Customs.

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Don’t use Form-M, PAAR in cargo clearance now – Dr Aniebonam tells Customs.

He Said Freight Forwarders must follow rules of engagement

The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders, NAGAFF, has called on Officers of Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, to suspend the use of Form-M, as well as Pre- Arrival Assessment Report, PAAR, in cargo clearance at the moment.

The Founder of NAGAFF, Dr. Boniface Aniebonam, said this in a statement made available to Financial Business News.

The NAGAFF Founder explained that with the declaration of Force- Majure by Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, due to coronavirus pandemic, the use of PAAR and Form-M are not needed in cargo clearance from the ports now.

Speaking further, he advised Customs to make use of ‘Bill of Sight’, as contained in Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA), sections 27/ 28.

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According to him, the ‘Bill of Sight’ will be useful for cargo clearance at present, until the spread of coronavirus is curtailed and Executive Order of government on lock-down lifted for operations to take shape in the ports again.

Dr. Aniebonam pointed out, “We are aware that Force Majure has been declared in the port. Also, the regulatory agencies are saying only essential goods should be cleared now.

“Therefore, my advice is for Customs to put aside PAAR, Form-M, and any ambiguous procedure, in order to fast track cargo clearance from the ports, because what the country is facing right now is an emergency situation, which calls for immediate action on the part of all concerned”.

He went on, “I am also advising Freight Forwarders under NAGAFF not to risk their lives.
“Their importers are at home with their families. So, they do not have to put their lives in danger.”

He emphasized, “The Presidential Order is straight and unambiguous for everyone to understand. Coronavirus is a global pandemic ravaging even in most advanced countries.

“Follow the rules of engagement throughout this period of lock-down.
Stay away from the ports, remain at home, except you have essential goods to clear from the ports”.

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FG Inaugurates Transition Management Team to Oversee the Handing Over of ICT Services to NCS

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FG Inaugurates Transition Management Team to Oversee the Handing Over of ICT Services to NCS

On the 28th of October, 2005, an agreement was reached by the Federal Government and Messrs. Web Fontaine Consortium (WFC), for provision, installation, operation and management of IT, Telecommunication Hardware and Software, Training and much more. These systems would enable the Nigeria Customs Service to better facilitate trade and boost revenue collection.

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Today, the Transition Monitoring Team was inaugurated to oversee the handing over of ICT Services provided by Webb Fountaine Nigeria Limited to the Nigeria Customs Service.

Our Correspondent, Abdulkareem Zurmi, has more on the event, which took place at the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning.

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Customs National PRO Addresses Misleading Information on Recruitment

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Customs National PRO Addresses Misleading Information on Recruitment

Reports have reached the Nigeria Customs Service on misleading information concerning zonal venues for the scheduled batch of recruitment screening, which was supposedly signed by Acting Deputy Comptroller General, Mohammed Boyi.

The Customs National PRO, DC Joseph Attah, cleared the air, stating that the Nigeria Customs Service Training and Doctrine Command Gwagwalada, remains the only screening venue.

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The Customs National PRO advised the public to be vigilant, as fraudulent antics such as this are just a means to extort money from gullible members of the public.

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Clarification on venue for the scheduled Nigeria Customs Service recruitment screening exercise

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Clarification on venue for the scheduled Nigeria Customs Service recruitment screening exercise.

The attention of the Nigeria Customs Service has again been drawn to a misleading zonal venues for the scheduled batch of recruitment screening, supposedly signed by the Chairman of the screening committee, Ag. DCG Mohammed Boyi.

The NCS Public Relations Officer, DC Joseph Attah said that some fraudsters are bent on misleading the Candidates, possibly to extort money from them.

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‘’For the avoidance of doubt, the only venue for this batch of screening remains as advertised in the National dailies, NCS Training and Doctrine Command, ( NCS TRADOC ) Gwagwalada.
All the Candidates are expected to report there on the dates allocated to their states’’ He added.

Visit the Nigeria Customs Service website www.customs.gov.ng or the Facebook page for the soft copy of the advertisement for guidance.

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