Stories by Godfrey Bivbere
The Nigerian Custom Service (NCS) has put in place measures to ensure that transactions in all the ports are done in electronic catchment in the near future ensure.
The clarification of the service on the introduction of e_remittance, and e_manifest is coming against the backdrop complaints of some banks that it would be difficult to automate payment from offices of agents now, because the project team has not given designated banks go ahead to use internet platform for the payment of duties.
In a paper presentation titled â€œforging Customs business partnership through electronic based optionsâ€ at International Customs Day held in Abuja Tuesday, Assistance Comptroller General Ihenacho N.O said that the programme of ASYCUDA plus would soon be rolled out in all the ports in Lagos.
According to him, the process of e_payment of duties up-front, e_manifest and for the team to seek to automate the other ports noting that they are waiting for the project directive to them for them to deploy the equipmentâ€ he said.
Ihenacho however pointed out that the role of Nigerian Customs Service is to partner with relevant stakeholders in local and International trade chain to establish controls that would lead to absolute compliance with that nationâ€™s laws and Government fiscal policy measures.
To achieve this objective, the ACG said the service has entered into partnership with UNCTAD for provision of ASYCUDA software; as well as webb fountain for provision of Hardware, network and training on the ASYCUDA system. Others are the designated banks and service providers like COTECNA, SGS and Global scan.
Commenting on payment e_payment of duties Ezinde said the project team has not yet directed that internet platform can be used for payment.
She explained further that if the project team gives the go ahead, a special card would be designed for the payment of duties, hence agents can make payments from the confine of their offices.