By Ifeyinwa Obi
Stakeholders in the country’s maritime sector have commended the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, for performing well in 2013, calling on the management of the service to do more this year.
Maritime operators, under the aegis of Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria, STOAN, said the Customs’ initiative, the Pre-Arrival Assessment Report, PAAR, has been a huge success.
While STOAN leader, Princess Vicky Haastrup, commended the Nigeria Customs Service on the implementation of the Destination Inspection Scheme, DI and the PAAR, the National President of Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents, ANLCA, Prince Olayiwola Shittu, observed that the Customs has implemented all the decisions reached at the presidential maritime retreat held in Abuja, recently.
“Others have refused to implement their side of the decision and nobody has done anything about it,” ANLCA said.
Haastrup, in Lagos, also expressed confidence in the ability of the NCS to ensure success of the PAAR scheme and operations of scanning machines at the sea, air and border posts.
She said: “The takeover of the DI and introduction of PAAR by the Comptroller General of Customs, Alhaji Dikko Abdullahi, is commendable. As patriotic Nigerians, we support government’s decision on the importation regime and we will give the Customs our support by ensuring that it succeeds in this onerous task entrusted to it.”