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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 Appoints 2 New Acting Deputy Comptrollers,Others

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Customs Appoints 2 New Acting Deputy Comptrollers,Others

Following the required retirement of some members of the Nigeria Customs Service, the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd), appointed two new acting Deputy Comptrollers General of Customs.

The National Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Customs Service, Joseph Attah, made this known in a statement in Abuja on Thursday.

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In addition, five new acting Assistant Comptrollers General of Customs were appointed along with the redeployment of five senior officers.

The Comptroller General stated that these appointments and redeployments are strategic steps in consolidating and building gains of reforms in the Nigeria Customs Service.

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Customs Arrest Two Travelers Carrying Dozens of ATM’s, Others in Abuja

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Few days after thousands of ATMs and sim cards were intercepted by officers of the Nigeria customs service at the Lagos international airport; officers of the Nigeria customs at the Abuja airport have again arrested two travelers carrying dozens of ATMs among other items.

Few days after thousands of ATMs and sim cards were intercepted by officers of the Nigeria customs service at the Lagos international airport; officers of the Nigeria customs at the Abuja airport have again arrested two travelers carrying dozens of ATMs among other items.

The suspects – Sadiq Abubakar with passport number A07363167 and Abdulsalam Umar with passport number A080788106 were said to have arrived Nigeria from Dubai on board Ethiopian airline on Wednesday.

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Items seized from the suspects were 4,384 memory cards, 78 active ATM cards, 20 pieces of new mobile phones, and 62 Bluetooth devices.

While handing over the suspects to officials of the EFCC, the controller, FCT area command of customs, compt. Patience Burromvyat said the suspects were arrested during routine examination of goods at the international wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe international airport, Abuja.

The suspects have since been handed over to officials of the EFCC at the FCT area command of customs for further investigation.

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Customs Generated A Total of N69,449,896,709.79 Between January And August 2020 Under My Watch- Saidu

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Customs Generated A Total of N69,449,896,709.79 Between January And August 2020 Under My Watch- Saidu

Former Area Controller of Customs, Area II Command, Onne Port, Comptroller Aliyu Saidu, say the Nigeria customs service generated a total of ₦69,449,896,709.79 between January and August 2020 under his watch.

Saidu made this known as he handed over the reins to Comptroller Baba Mohammed, further stating that, in terms of export, a total of 2,402,776 metric tonnes of export activities with Free On-Board Value of $128,711,308 was achieved within the period of review.

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As for seizures, he highlighted a recorded 31 seizures involving 27 containers amounting to a total duty paid value of N825,435,096 which include foreign rice, vegetable oil, second hand clothing, used tires, white cement, and vehicles among others.

While applauding the cooperation between them and other agencies, he urged officers to uphold their duties, make seizures and arrest criminals who seek to undermine the rules set in place.

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