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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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Customs Intercepts Over N3 Billion Worth of Cocaine, 31, 950 Litres of Petroleum Products in Seme

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Customs Intercepts Over N3 Billion Worth of Cocaine, 31, 950 Litres of Petroleum Products in Seme

The Seme Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has reported the interception of cocaine weighing 11.913kg. The street value of the items was estimated to be N3,916,624,147.00
This was revealed in a press statement signed by DSC Hussaini Abdullahi, Customs public relations officer, Seme Command

The Area Command on Wednesday also intercepted One thousand and sixty-five (1065) jerrycans of petroleum products with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of Ten million, forty-one thousand, one hundred and ninety-eight Naira (N10,041,198.00) only.

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This came after the Area Command initiated offensive patrol against the smuggling of petroleum products along the creeks within the Seme and Badagry.

The Customs Area Controller, Compt. Bello Mohammed Jibo stressed that the offensive crackdown on the activities of the petroleum products smugglers is with a mission of getting them arrested wherever they are. He reassured that the Command will continue to make life uncomfortable for the unpatriotic Nigerians trading illegal businesses in the area.

 

Speaking earlier on the cocaine seizure, Jibo explained that the substance was intercepted along Seme- Badagry Expressway at about 09:00 hrs on Sunday 23 January 2022.

Consequently, the substance was subjected to test and verification by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and was found to be cocaine weighing 11.913kg.

While appreciating the cooperation of sister agencies and relevant stakeholders at Seme Border, the CAC reiterated the commitment of his Officers and Men in enforcing government fiscal policies for the overall national growth and development.

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Customs Intercept Smuggled Goods Worth over N275 Million in Kaduna

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Customs Intercept Smuggled Goods Worth over N275 Million in Kaduna

The Comptroller Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘B’ Kaduna Comptroller Albashir Hamisu has disclosed that his Unit between 22 December 2021 and 27 January 2022 seized 856 bags of foreign parboiled rice, 474 kegs of 25 litres each premium motor spirit (PMS) amongst other items worth N275,989,659.70.

Other items seized include 22 units of vehicles, 92 bales of secondhand clothing, 41 bales of foreign new textiles, 825 cartons of foreign spaghetti and macaroni, 60 pieces of foreign jack knife, 20 cartons of foreign cigarette and other general merchandise.

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The Comptroller disclosed this to newsmen in Kaduna on 27 January 2022. Hamisu in the same event handed over 250 parcels of indian hemp earlier arrested by the Unit to the Representative of the Commander NDLEA, DCN Aliyu Muazu Dan-Musa Deputy State Commander Operations and Intelligence NDLEA Kaduna.

The comptroller commended patriotic members of the public in border communities whom volunteered information to his officers.

However, he advised other members of the public in the zone to resist the temptations of smuggling and embrace genuine trades and vocations for the economic betterment of Nigeria.

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Nigeria Customs Harps on Scaling Up Data Ecosystem to Promote Efficiency

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Nigeria Customs Harps on Scaling Up Data Ecosystem to Promote Efficiency

Author: Gift Wada, Abuja

In an event to commemorate International Customs Day (ICD), the Nigeria Customs Service has stressed the need for scaling up Customs Data Ecosystem in formulating strategies, enhancing the fight against fraud and revenue collection.

The Comptroller General of Customs Col, Hameed Ali (RTD) in his remarks said an effective Customs Data Ecosystem will enable the institutionalization of a Data Culture. empowering people to ask questions, challenge ideas and rely on concrete insights in decision making.

International Customs Day is a day set aside to see how the activities of Customs affect international trade. The theme this year is “Scaling Up Customs Digital Transformation by Embracing a Data Culture and Building a Data Ecosystem”.

According to Ali, the 2022 theme for ICD accentuates Customs progress on Digital Transformation, through the entrenchment of Data-based culture and knowledge-driven data ecosystem.
Speaking on the digitalization of Customs, Ali said the Nigeria Integrated Customs Information System II (NICIS II) platform has enabled NCS recent digitalization processes particularly in administrative, human resource management and trade processes.
He said the effect of NICIS II is evident in the facilitation of transactions which peaked at 858,843 transactions in 2021. This translates to 17.26% increase in the volume of transactions handled in the year 2020.

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‘‘Another Patent result of our effort in this regard is in our landmark revenue collection of N2.28 trillion in 2021. All these would not be possible without digital transformation and scaling up the use of data.’’ He mentioned

‘‘About this year’s theme, NCS is in the process of implementing the E-Customs project, that will ensure digitization and digitalization of NCS procedures,’’ Ali added.

Meanwhile, the World Customs Organization has implored Customs Services, across the world to prioritize data literacy of its staff to promote transparency and efficiency in their operations.

Kunio Mikuriya, WCO Secretary-General in his message to commemorate International Customs Day said to nurture data-driven culture, Customs Administrations need to enhance data literacy of their staff; their ability to interpret and analyze data accurately.

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