By Godwin Oritse
A frontline freight forwarder and Chieftain of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), Alhaji Mikky Okunola, has said that the newly introduced Pre-Arrival Assessment Report (PAAR) has helped to facilitate cargo clearance at both the seaports and border posts.
Speaking to Vanguard in Lagos recently, Okunola said that genuine freight forwarders now clear their cargoes within stipulated time at a lesser cost.
According to Okunola, the new cargo clearance policy is working very effectively, adding that the guideline for effective use of PAAR is there for everybody to see and apply.
He explained that what the Nigeria Customs Service has done is the opposite of the Risk Assessment Report regime where the scanning service providers take time to calculate ones assessment.
His words “When you get your Bill of Lading, your perfect your documentation for the clearance of your goods and you submit to the bank and the bank will submit the same document to Customs almost immediately for your local assessment for the duty to be paid will be done within a few hours.