Trade expansion forces Nigeria Customs, others to limit intervention on goods movements

Participants at the workshop in Abuja, Nigeria.

Global trade expansion has forced customs administrations in Nigeria and other countries in West and Central Africa region to limit interventions on cross-border movements of goods, passengers and means of transport.

For customs to overcome the challenge, It has therefore become crucial for customs in the region to apply more effective risk management strategies and techniques within their daily control activities.

This was noted by participants at a second risk management workshop held recently Abuja, Nigeria. It was aimed at building the capacity of countries in West and Central Africa to implement risk management and define a related strategy at regional level.

The workshop provided participants with an opportunity to discuss synergies between customs in the region review their respective strategic objectives and identify emerging threats.

Its participants were highly engaged in the group discussions as well as the theoretical and practical sessions, taking full advantage of the possibility to exchange views and share experiences among themselves and with the WCO facilitators.

There were presentations and discussions on WCO tools and instruments, such as the Customs Risk Management Compendium, enabled participants to deepen their knowledge and capacity to develop a strategy and identify risks at regional level.

The workshop was hosted by the Nigeria Customs Service and financed by the Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF).

24 officials responsible for risk management policy from 18 different countries came to discuss how to improve intelligence sharing and enforcement methods in general, with a view to enhancing trade flows and travellers’ compliance with Customs laws and regulations and responding more effectively to security threats at national and regional level.

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