February 3, 2023



Customs bodily examination hampering port operation-Bello-Koko 

The Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mohammed Bello-Koko has decried the excessive fee of bodily examination of cargoes on the port by Nigeria Customs Service (NCS). 

Talking lately throughout a tour of the port by the Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Sambo, the NPA Managing Director mentioned the 100 per cent handbook cargo examination, which is most popular by Customs officers, is cumbersome and inefficient.

Bello-Koko’s remark aligns with these of a number of stakeholders and prime authorities officers who’ve requested Customs to deploy expertise in cargo examination and cargo clearing course of on the port. 

Not too long ago, the Chairman, Seaport Terminal Operators Affiliation of Nigeria (STOAN), Princess Vicky Haastrup, mentioned Customs handbook clearing processes and bodily cargo examination are main hindrances to port effectivity. 

“The scanners on the port are usually not working, whereas nearly all of the cargoes landed at our ports are subjected to 100% bodily examination. This definitely slows down the cargo supply course of and will increase the price of doing enterprise. We urge the Federal Authorities to, as a matter of urgency, work on automating Customs processes at our ports and putting in useful scanners to cut back handbook clearing processes. 

“Automation and scanning will cut back human contacts on the port and reduce down on using discretionary powers by Customs officers. It will in flip cut back the price of doing enterprise on the port and increase authorities income,” Haastrup had mentioned throughout a public discussion board in Lagos. 

Additionally talking on the 2021 Ministerial Retreat of the Federal Ministry of Transportation (FMOT) in Lagos final August, the then Minister of State for Transportation, Senator Gbemisola Saraki, mentioned Customs had develop into a hindrance to commerce facilitation attributable to its handbook processes and bodily examination of cargoes on the port. 

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Saraki had blamed the NCS for the lack of cargoes and income to the ports of neighbouring nations.
“Not too long ago, the Customs declared over one trillion naira income collected inside six months; what I’ll prefer to ask is, at what price did the Customs accumulate that a lot income?

“Customs has confirmed itself to be an hindrance to commerce facilitation. We can’t compete as a result of we aren’t environment friendly, whereas Benin Republic and Cote d’Ivoire are utilizing scanners, we nonetheless opening containers and doing 100% examination of cargoes,” Saraki had mentioned.