Export Desk: Apapa Customs Command Talks on Ethics, Integrity Clearing Process

Apapa CAC,Comptroller Abba-Kura

By Maritime Security News

The Nigeria Customs Service Apapa Premier Command has blamed some trade infractions or what is termed trade malpractice such as false declaration, under-declaration and over-valuation of goods as one of the factors that brings hindrances to trade facilitation in Nigeria.

The Customs Area Controller of Apapa Customs, Comptroller Abba- Kura who was represented at a one-day Sensitization seminar organized by the Standard Organization of Nigeria in conjunction with the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) in Lagos on Friday.

Abba- Kura who was represented by the officer in charge of export desk at the Apapa Customs Command, Nelson Ochai.

Ochai said that there was need for attitudinal change among some traders who have decided to constitute a nuisance of themselves in the course of making false declarations for the purpose of cheat and defrauding the government through  cargo clearance.

According to Ochai: “The main challenges are issues of false declaration, under-declaration and sometimes over-valuation of goods. It is now a common thing in Nigeria.

In his word: “There is need for attitudinal change in declaration, and in the issue of capital flight, particularly in export. People don’t want to do the right thing. They take consignment out but they don’t want it to follow the right channel, through the CBN account.”

Ochai who was not happy over the situation, referred to an occasion where a trader, after going through the examination process for export of cashew and given clearance, turned around to offload the container of the cashew and uploaded it with a helicopter.

He said that Apapa Command with intelligence report and through their eagle-eyed officers caught, the person in the malpractice and made him to face the music.

He, however, pleaded with importers and their agents to comply with  trade and fiscal policies of the federal government while ensuring that compliance in trade and transparency as well as accurate declaration would fasten clearance of their consignment from the ports as the Nigeria Customs Service would continue to support.

He said :The encouragement for compliant traders is that we put them on fast-track for clearance. From time to time, we do checks to ensure that those on fast track are still doing the right thing, and if there is any reason to doubt, they would be removed,” Ochai added.

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