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Border Closure Review: Benefits still outweigh losses — Shippers Council

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Border Closure Review: Benefits still outweigh losses — Shippers Council

Against the backdrop of the deviation of freight to ports of other West African countries following the closure of Nigeria’s borders, the Nigerian Shippers Council, NSC, has disclosed that a new Border Closure Review review meeting has concluded that the benefit of the closure so far outweighs the losses.

According to Source, some stakeholders in West African traders who hitherto come to Nigeria to buy imported goods and transport the same through the land borders have now started importing directly through their own ports adding that most of them are Nigerian citizens.

They also said Nigerian importers have started shipping their goods directly to the customers in other West African countries through those seaports causing considerable loss of cargo throughput to Nigeria’s ports in favor of other West African ports.

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But speaking with Source on the development, Executive Secretary of the NSC, Hassan Bello, said from the outcome of the policy review meeting involving the private sector, Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, and others, the policy has helped to save the nation’s industries, especially the agro sub-sector of the economy.

He pointed out that the high rate of smuggling as a result of the porous borders placed unfair competition on Nigerian industries since factors of production oversees make goods produced there cheaper.

According to him, “There have been more gains for the country after the closure of the border. We recently held a stakeholders forum where we brought the private sector and the Customs to explain the border closure policy.

In trade facilitation, we need to save our industries, especially agro-based products because of our porous borders.

“For every smuggled item, it means we are not giving fair competition to our producers because the cost of production is cheaper there than in Nigeria.

So this takes our people out of business and we will be faced with growing unemployment. “Although there are some problems that we need to address but there are some which we have a comparative advantage here that we need to source here than in foreign countries.

“The border is porous, we need to tighten it against smuggling and dumping but there will be a time when you will say you are opening your border.

However, technology must be deployed to curb smuggling. “Issues like Cargo Tracking Note, CTN, contactless port/border post; technology will solve a lot of these problems.”

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FOU Zone “B” Records 101 Seizures, Generates 194 Million Naira in May 2021

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FOU Zone “B” Records 101 Seizures, Generates 194 Million Naira in May 2021

In line with fulfilling their mandate of suppression of smuggling, FOU Zone B Kaduna has continued to make progress in their anti-smuggling stride.

 

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with the Command making 101 seizures valued over 194 million naira in the month of May 2021, our Correspondent, Abdulkareem Zurmi, gives us more details in his report.

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Seme Border Fully Operational – Nigeria Customs Service

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Seme Border Fully Operational - Nigeria Customs Service

The information circulating that the Seme-Krake border has not been fully reopened, has been debunked in a press statement signed by the Public Relations Officer NCS Seme Area Command ASC1 Hussaini Abdullahi.

It partly read “It is pertinent to state that since the re-opening of some land borders by the Federal Government of Nigeria in December, 2020 with Seme Border Command being among the four borders re-opened, its operations has since been sustained on a full scale”.

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According to the statement, the Command also generated a revenue of N431,160,300.72 and N409,857,533.14 as the Duty Paid Value (DPV) from seizures between period of January to date.

He further stated that Seme border has been fully operational since the re-opening of some land borders by the federal government in December, 2020.

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Customs Seize Contrabands Worth Over N100 Million in Katsina

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Customs Seize Contrabands Worth Over N100 Million in Katsina

Officers of the Nigeria Customs Service have intercepted contrabands with a duty paid value worth N101,027,350 smuggled into the country through various illegal routes existing in Katsina State.

Out of the total seizures made on Thursday, 14 assorted vehicles with a duty paid value of N91,592,500 were detained alongside food and non-food items worth N9,434,850.

The Acting Comptroller in charge of the Katsina Customs Area Command, DC Dalha Wada Chedi in a press conference held at the command headquarters, Katsina reaffirmed the command’s commitment to continue to facilitate trade, enhance ease of doing legal businesses and generate more revenue for the country.

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Chedi while soliciting more partnerships and collaboration from the public to understand the job and responsibilities of the Nigeria Customs Service, encouraged them to come forward and take advantage of the numerous opportunities and accept the modern way of importing goods and services.

He added that the command will not relent in the pursuit of its mandate by suppressing smuggling activities to the barest minimum.

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