Practical trade facilitation paramount to Tincan Customs- Says PRO
.Ready to implement Time Release Study for speedy cargo clearance
By Udeme Clement
The Tincan Island Port Command of Nigeria Customs Service ,NCS, is poised for greater productivity this 2018, as the Command is mapping out new operational techniques to boost trade facilitation, aims at generating more revenue for the Federal Government.
In that capacity, the Command is ready to ensure full implementation of Time Release Study ,TRS, an important component in Customs operations that paves the way for speedy clearance of cargo from the port, reduces bottlenecks and allows effectiveness of procedures within the shortest time possible.
The Public Relations Officer , PRO, of Tincan Command, Uche Ejesieme, disclosed this in a chat with Financial Business, explaining that the new Customs Area Controller ,CAC, of the Command, Comptroller Mohammed Abdullahi Baba Musa, is putting measures in place to enhance maximum trade facilitation in line with global best practice, more revenue generation, greater stakeholders involvement and working synergy with other agencies of government, to make Tincan remain the benchmark Command that it is known for in the country.
He enthused, “The new CAC is a knowledgeable officer who is going to build on the achievements so far recorded at Tincan Customs by the immediate past CAC, Comptroller Bashar Yusuf.”
He went on, “At present, Comptroller Musa wants Tincan Customs to function effectively with the TRS element in cargo clearance, to fast track the process. This implies giving timely information as well as monitoring declaration with due diligence from when an entry is lodged, captured and exited, to check the time sequence, in order to remove bottlenecks in cargo clearing procedures”.
“Comptroller Musa has already given all the terminal Heads a matching order to work in tandem with the new operational standards at Tincan, aims at promoting practical trade facilitation, revenue collection and transparency in implementing government’s trade policies at the port. For instance, the CAC who just assumed office has already visited the biggest terminal at Tincan, to see things for himself. This shows that he wants to be actively involved in everything that is done within the port.”
On stakeholders’ relationship at the Command, he said, “Tincan Customs is running transparent and inclusive administration with stakeholders being carried along in every activity at the port. Right now, Comptroller Musa is profiling compliant traders, in order to give them incentives, to encourage more compliance in the system. Also, the new CAC has directed that the Dispute Resolution Committee of the Command that used to sit every Tuesday and Thursday must sit everyday as situation arises, to make the port users friendly for businesses to thrive, in order to boost revenue generation.”
On effective use of Information Communication Technology ,ICT, network, which Tincan Customs is also known for, he emphasized, “The new CAC is using ICT not only to monitor operations but to check the behaviour of officers. Above all, Tincan Command is working in line with the agenda of the Comptroller General of Customs ,CGC, Hameed Ali, whose major objective is to promote economic growth and development”.