Apapa Customs created CEC to boost Ease of Doing Business

The Customs Area Controller, Apapa Command, Comptroller Jibril Musa has said the command is committed to the effective and efficient implementation of the Federal Government’s Executive order on the Ease of Doing Business.

The CAC stated this in a press release issued by the command and a copy made available to PortNews by the command’s Public Relations Officer, Nkeiruka Ijeoma Nwala.

Towards this, the release said the command had created the Central Examination Centre (CEC) where all stakeholders involved in cargo clearance Conduct examination at an agreed time with reports imputed almost immediately.

‘It is worthy of note to mention that the NCS is the lead Agency in the implementation of the presidential mandate and Apapa Area Command selected as the pilot command had since created the Central Examination Centre (CEC) where all stakeholders involved in cargo clearance Conduct examination at an agreed time with reports imputed almost immediately.

‘This synergy/interfacing had paid off remarkably as consignments with no record of infractions are released within 24 hours while those with infractions are referred to dispute resolutions committee for further interventions/investigations,’ said the release.

The release noted that the CAC had pledged to keep strengthening the working relationship/collaboration between the command and other agencies of government in the port for enhanced international trade facilitation.

According to Nwala, in the first quarter of 2018, the CAC had played host to different high- level government delegations from within and outside the country with a view of promoting efficiency and facilitation of trade in the country.

These include the Senate Committee on Customs led by its chairman Sen. Hope Uzodimma, a delegation from Japanese Customs led by the Japan ambassador to Nigeria, National Committee on trade facilitation led by its Chairman Mr. A. M. Abubakar, New Commander Nigeria Navy Clearance Agency, NAFDAC Director in charge of ports inspection Prof. S. B. Adebayo and a delegation from NTA.

The purpose of these visits, as the release stated, was to seek possible ways of improving the speedy consignments/ cargo clearance.

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