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Customs to clear imported vehicles within four hours

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Ports Terminal Multiservices Limited (PTML) Command, has assured importers of Roll-on-Roll-off (RoRo) cargoes of the command’s capacity to process the clearance of imported vehicles within four hours.

The Controller of the Command, Suleiman Bomai, said the Command will rely on utmost compliance, which includes sincere declaration, prompt duty payment, readiness for timely examination, and zero level of smuggling and concealment to sustain the feat.

Customs PRO, PTML Command, SC Muhammad Yakubu, in a statement on Wednesday, quoted the controller as urging officers to step up their revenue collection efforts as we move to year-end and sustain zero tolerance for infractions.

The command has raked in a total of N182,103,291,166.00 as revenue between the months of January to September 2022.

Meanwhile, the Human Resource Managers of the World Customs Organisation, West and Central Africa have harped on the need to build resilience and brainstorm to withstand unforeseen artificial shocks and mishaps in the future.

Speaking at the 11th training for Customs Human Resource Managers of West and Central Africa, the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Hameed Ali, who also doubles as the Vice Chairman, of WCO West and Central African Region said, the capacity training is very apt and indisputably timely, considering the negative impacts of Covid-19 global health pandemic, wreckage caused on trans-border trade and WCA region’s endemic challenges of insurgency, terrorism and poverty.

“WCA region has always been faced with multifaceted challenges from both economic and health which led to a conscious collective and positive actions initiated and coordinated by the Office of the Vice Chair WCA to shift the focus of Human Resource Management from protecting operations and infrastructure to scientific research phase for the promotion of employee wellbeing”, Ali said.

According to him, the training would accord the WCA administration, exposure to modern and evolving human resources initiatives that would enhance a fast shift in the deployment of behavioural assessment tools to focus on experience and care as standard requirements to drive the human capital performances while sustaining the regional assistance programme on Customs matters under the framework of regional mutual administrative assistance.

The Director Regional Office for Capacity Building, West and Central Africa, Abdel Kadar Sangho, stated that galvanising collective efforts to build resilience is key to forestalling a repeat of the Covid-19 experience in the future.

“It is very important now for Customs Services to focus on the training of our personnel. This is because Customs are very important in international trade and that is why we faced a lot of difficulties during the COVID-19 pandemic. So, it is important for customs to re-adapt and focus on skills that will enable officers to face any kind of challenge in the region,’’ Abdel Kadar reiterated.

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