Nigeria commemorates International Customs Day

customsABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE deployment of electronic customs (e-Customs) scheme has boosted customs’ role of providing connectivity between nations divided by artificial borders as well as collection of revenue.

It has also helped intercept harmful imports.

Nigeria  Comptroller General of Customs, Hameed Ibrahim Ali, stated this during the celebration of International Customs Day in Abuja on Tuesday.

He said Nigeria Customs Service was a member of the World Customs Organization (WCO) and joined its global customs community to celebrate the day set aside by the world body to appreciate customs staff who work for the economic and security wellbeing of the world.

“Though in recognition of the mood of the Nation, NCS is not opening its door for elaborate celebration, the relevance of this year’s theme which is “Digital Customs for Progressive Engagement” cannot be ignored at a time such as this, when digitalization is not only a trend but has made the world a global village,” said Ali.

“The deployment of e-Customs has boosted Customs role of providing connectivity between nations divided by artificial borders. Collection of revenue and interception of harmful imports have been made easier with the help of technology,” Ali added.

He said that in the area of using technology for collaboration and efficiency, NCS was proud to play a leading role.

“The Nigeria Integrated Customs Information System (NICIS), Nigeria trade hub and the Pre-Arrival Assessment Report (PAAR) are electronic platforms for effective collaborations and ease of doing business in Nigeria” Ali

Ali said since the e-Customs in 2013, they had been tested and acknowledged by stakeholders as effective tools for progressive engagement.

He reminded all operatives and stakeholders not to abuse the process and corrupt the system.

“Any act calculated to distort and compromise the integrity of e-customs will not be tolerated and will be met with appropriate sanctions.

Accordingly, compliant stakeholders and operatives who have distinguished themselves in the deployment and transparent use of e-customs to enhance revenue and national security will be encouraged and rewarded.”

CAJ News

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