Tincan Customs implements time release study for speedy cargo clearance
.Urges stakeholders to comply with fiscal policies
.Says its target is 48hours cargo clearance
By Udeme Clement
The Tincan Island Port Command of Nigeria Customs Service ,NCS, is currently implementing a unique operational concept known as, Time Release Study ,TRS, an important component designed to achieve speedy cargo clearance within 48hours.
The TRS Concept introduced by the Customs Area Controller ,CAC, of Tincan Command, Comptroller Mohammed Abdullahi Baba Musa, is a well thought-out strategy put in place to achieve effectiveness of cargo clearance procedures within the shortest possible time (48hours), in order to reduce bottlenecks.
The Public Relations Officer, PRO, of Tincan Command, Uche Ejesieme, made this known, stressing that contrary to the complaints by some stakeholders, that the CAC is actually re-jigging the process to ensure that compliance with fiscal policies of government is rewarded through expeditious release of cargo.
He emphasized, “This is why the CAC introduced ‘Time Release Study’, a concept aims at ensuring that there are no impediments to the trade value chain, to the extent that SGDs would be monitored electronically from the point of lodgement through capture to examination and exit, with a view to identifying areas of delay for immediate redress, for the realisation of 48hours clearance mandate”.
He pointed out, “For the avoidance of doubt, the CAC has not, and does not have the unilateral powers to hike tariff as being inferred. He is only urging for compliance with fiscal policies as panacea for the realisation of our mandate, as trade facilitators, who are working tirelessly to implement government trade policies, to enhance economic growth and development”.
He went on, “We advise that stakeholders should endeavour to engage us on issues pertaining things agitating their minds for explanation. It may also interest us to note that the ‘Dispute Resolution Committee’ has been directed by the CAC to sit on daily basis for resolution of disputes on valuation, classification and PAAR.”
He continued, “The Tincan Command is working in line with the agenda of Customs Management, which primary focus is to facilitate trade, generate revenue for government and protect the economic environment, in order to stimulate optimum economic growth and development, now and in the run-long.”
His assertion: “Therefore, “We are calling on all stakeholders to comply with government fiscal policies and work in synergy with us to promote economic growth and trade facilitation. We are hopeful that the media will continue to partner with us in this onerous responsibility”.