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Custom Unveils New VIN-Valuation System to Enhance Trade Facilitation

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Custom Unveils New VIN-Valuation System to Enhance Trade Facilitation

Author: Gift Wada, Abuja

In line with the Federal Governments’ policy on ease of doing business, the ICT/Modernisation Unit of the Nigeria Customs has unveiled a Vehicle Identification Number Valuation system to help in trade facilitation.

The New VIN-Valuation System is a digital tool that will aid the valuation of imported Vehicles.

Assistant Comptroller General of Customs, ICT/Modernization, ACG. Saidu Galadima said ‘’With the introduction of Webb Tracker Application and simplified standard operating procedure on the usage of scanners, the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (RTD), through the ICT\Modernization, has also unveiled the VIN Valuation, an automated system that will help to aid the valuation of vehicles coming into the country’’.

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Galadima said the high importations of cars into the country necessitated the introduction of the digital tool.

‘’Importation of cars happened to be one of the major imports into the country and as people request for a standardized method of valuation, the service decided to develop this to aid the valuation of motors vehicle entering Nigeria through our borders.

It’s a system that uses artificial intelligence to allocate appropriate values and taxes by using Vehicle Identification Number, VIN at the trader’s zone. What customs need from the trader or his agent is to input the VIN number and the system will automatically access based on the available data across the world. it will bring out all data regarding the vehicle; the make, the year’’ he stated.

Highlighting the benefits to both Customs and Nigeria, he said the key concept of the innovation is simplification and enhancement of integrity.

The Assistant Comptroller General said ‘’In all this process there is no form of human contact, the system uses artificial intelligence to allocate the appropriate value hence there is no human interference, that’s why we call it self-declaration. you know the cost of your vehicle and your input. If you declare correctly and you make payments, within 6 hours you will be out of Customs control. The result is trade facilitation. We are appealing to Nigerians to make the best use of this system we have deployed and rolled out.’’ He concluded

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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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