ANALCA SEEKS WAYS TO COMBAT OPERATIONAL CHALLENGES FACE-OFF WITH CUSTOMS OFFICERS.





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(L-R) Prince Taye Oyeniyi, Dr Emmanuel Oparah Ogu, Emenike Nwokeoji, Chief Henry Njoku and Prince Olayiwola Shittu

Sandra Ukele

The Association of Nigerian  Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) has met with the Comptroller General of Customs Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd) at the Customs Headquarters Abuja to discuss avenues to enhance Licensed Customs Agents’ operational challenges encountered at the delivery of cargoes in the ports. Also among the issues discussed are  ways through which the Executive Order as instructed  by the Acting Vice President Prof. Yemi Osibanjo on ease of doing business at the ports can be achieved.

The ANALCA delegation led by the National President Chief Olayiwola Shittu in the company of the Board of Trustee Chairman Chief Henry Njoku highlighted the challenges faced by the association in relation to not receiving commensurate cooperation from the officers of Nigeria Customs Service in their determination to assist the service in raising the level of revenue collection.

The group  went further to complain of unnecessary multiple levels of interference of several units of Customs in the clearance of cargo from the ports, and even enroute warehouses and, cargoes to ultimate destinations.
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In compliance with extant regulations of cargo clearance and trade facilitation, ANLCA sought the practical intervention of the CGC in ensuring that Customs officers adhere strictly to laid down standard operational procedures in cargo clearance at the ports and border stations, in adherence to World Customs Organization’s established conventions.

ANLCA also pleaded with the CGC to implore his officers, especially those in the field, to positively change their attitudes, in order to facilitate trade across international borders, without compromising the security and revenue accruable to the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

On its part, ANLCA leadership promised the CGC that it will not do anything otherwise, than to be compliant with extant rules and regulations of cargo clearance, assuring that ANLCA is so well structured to discipline and sanction any of its members found wanting.

Responding, the CGC – Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) promised once again to look into all the issues raised, with a view to resolving them, in full compliance with the Executive Orders of the Acting President of Nigeria.

Col. Ali in collaboration with the management team of ANALCA  promised to embark on a survey to identify the various challenges confronting both parties in order to remove all bottlenecks associated with delay in cargo delivery.
Based on the agreement , Col. Ali issued a directive for the commencement of the survey.

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The very successful scheduled meeting, which is capable of engendering a trade facilitated and, high revenue yielding process, drew to a close, with assurances from members of the management team, that all hands must be on deck, to actualize the Executive Order, recently rolled out by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

It is the hope  of ANLCA that, with this high level of interaction with the top management of Customs, the operational challenges experienced during the delivery of cargoes by licensed Customs Agents, will be reduced to the bearest minimum and, on the long run, totally eliminated, for a seamless, uninterrupted, cost effective cargo delivery through our ports.

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