…Want Prompt Clearance of Cargo at Apapa
Posted by Maritime Newsroom
Stakeholders in the maritime industry as well as port users have commended the newly appointed Customs Area Controller (CAC), Comptroller Abubakar Bashir who was redeployed from Onne, PortHarcourt, River State to Apapa Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).
According the stakeholders, the new CAC has shown that he is committed and knows the job very well by holding stakeholders meeting just one week after resumption in office unlike others who spends almost three months before meeting with the stakeholders.
The participants at the interactive meeting between also asked the Command to ensure prompt clearance of cargo at Apapa port in line with the 24 hours cargo clearance the ease of doing business in the Nigerian ports as launched by federal government last year.
The port users equally complained of the non-functionality of the scanning machines within the Commands particularly Apapa, the premier port, which they said are no more functioning and is seriously affecting their operations at the command.
Responding the elated CAC who shows that he is willing and eager to make things work in Apapa Command and retain its original glory as a premier, promise to work with stakeholders which comprises various freight forwarding and clearing and forwarding associations groups operating at the Command.
On the physical examination of cargo inside the port, the CAC sad: ”NCS must coordinate every physical examination of cargo at the port at the centre. And the examination must be conducted office by office, agency by agency but we are yet to get there. But the thing is that any alert should not be down by anybody except through the centre. Ad the alert should be addressed through the centre also.
”And there will be time and the time limit is not going to be altered by anybody, agency or unit including the NCS’s units, and if if they were unable to address them within the time limit, at least eight hours will be okay and the consignment will be released back to the centre and let it go.”
He said that where there is any discrepancy, the document should be send to the Valuation by CPC from the terminal within eight hours. And within this same period, it can be send to CAC and the CAC will look at it direct the centre to drop the consignment and let the Customs Processing Unit (CPU) make the corrections.”
The CAC also noted that he needed to thoroughly study concession document, giving the terminals to them. ”So, I need to study the documents that established the terminals,” Comptroller Bashir said.