ANLCA is 100% for genuine cargo declaration – Lameen, Chairman

L-R: Alhaji Lameen, National Chairman, ANLCA 100% Compliance Committee, Chief Lere Ogundele, a former Chairman of ANLCA Airport Chapter, and other members of the committee during the briefing of the press at airport in Ikeja, Lagos, yesterday

The Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) says is set to ensure that cargo declaration for the customs clearance is 100 percent done by its members and their importers and other stakeholders.

To achieve this, ANLCA said its 100% Compliance Committee would be fully involved in the cargo examination assisting the Customs, and continually sensitizing its members, their importers, shipping lines, airlines, terminal operators and other members of the freight forwarding community in doing their right things that will facilitate smooth cargo clearance and collection of duty for the government. 

The National Chairman of ANLCA 100% Compliance Committee Alhaji Lameen Aliyu stated this while addressing the media on the reason behind the formation and operation of the committee at the secretariat of the Airport Chapter of the association at Ikeja, Lagos, on Monday.

Alhaji Lameen said the National President of the association, Honourable Tony Iju Nwabunike, was prompted to set up the committee to correct the opinion of the National Assembly that customs agents arm-twist officers and men of the Nigeria Customs Service in the discharge of their duty, thus preventing them from collecting appropriate duty revenue for the government.

Lameen noted that the committee would ensure that government policy on cargo is effectively executed, not only by the Customs but by customs agents, terminals, airlines, shipping lines and others.

“Our 100% Compliance Committee came into being after the allegation by the National Assembly that customs agents don’t allow the Customs to perform its functions as it should be. Our president, after visiting the legislators and the Customs authority in Abuja, decided to set up the committee, to let the whole country know that we are not impeding customs operations anywhere.

“We want to synergize with the Customs to see that things are done properly; every consignment is rightly declared and examined. We want to work with the Customs as part of the people generating revenue for the government.

“We are going to sensitise our members to ensure that their declaration is 100 percent as there won’t any room for misgiving as far as customs clearance is concerned,” said Lameen, who said both 100% Compliance Committees of ANLCA and National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) would work together to achieve one purpose.

“ANLCA and NAGAFF speak with one voice. We come together on the issue of compliance because non-compliance affects our operation and image. We have opened a common platform for everyone to participate in the struggle. It is part of our mandate to ensure that all operators – shipping lines, airlines, terminal operators and others comply. We won’t tolerate any act that can jeopardize the system further from them,” Lameen said.

Alhaji Lameen commended and appreciated the Customs Area Controller of Murtala Mohammed Airport Cargo Command for ensuring smooth cargo clearance.

A member of the committee, Chief Lere Ogundele, a former chairman of Murtala Mohammed International Airport Chapter of ANLCA, said that the committee is a game-changer as the era of shortchanging government is over as the committee would see that all ANLCA members and their importers, and airlines and air-ground handlers comply.

“The era of carry go is over. We implore importers to make proper declarations. Whatever you have in your consignment must be properly declared,” said Ogundele.    

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