Form ‘M’ is prerequisite for importation in Nigeria- Customs
.Says form ‘M’ is a policy of Federal Government
.Tells importers, stakeholders to comply with FG’s policy
By Francis Chidiebere
The Customs Area Controller, CAC, Murtala Mohammed Airport Command, MMAC, of Nigeria Customs Service, Comptroller Jayne Shoboiki, has said that Form ‘M’ is a prerequisite for importation in Nigeria that every importer doing business in the country is expected to follow, in order to enhance economic growth and development.
Shoboiki made this known through the Public Relations Officer, PRO, of the Command, Mr. Ephraim Joseph Haruna, following the alleged call for her removal by some members of National Association of Government Approve Freight Forwarders, NAGAFF, led by its Vice President in charge of Air Logistics, Western Zone, for saying that government’s policy on importation should be followed as stated by law.
The PRO pointed out, “For the avoidance of doubt, Form ‘M’ as a prerequisite for importation in Nigeria is not a policy of the Command but a guideline of the Federal Government of Nigeria. The guideline says, any person intending to import physical goods into Nigeria shall in the first instance process the e-Form ‘M’ through any Authorised Dealer Bank irrespective of the value and whether or not payment is involved. Moreover, the recently implemented Nigeria Integrated Customs Information System, NICIS II, makes provision of Pre-Arrival Assessment Report (PAAR) a must, and PAAR cannot be gotten without Form ‘M’.”
The PRO advised all importers and stakeholders to study properly the requirements of importation under the new dispensation, comply and support the on-going reforms of Nigeria Customs Service, in order to promote economic growth and National Security.
His words, “Our attention has been drawn to an alleged call for the removal of the CAC by some members of NAGAFF, led by its Vice President in charge of Air Logistics, Western Zone. According to them, the insistent of MMA Command on position of Form ‘M’ which is a mandatory document for importation is wrong and does not meet the clearance process as smooth and rewarding as it used to be to them in the past. They also alleged that the CAC prefers to deal with members of Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) than those in NAGAFF, and also that they were not briefed before introduction NICIS II in the Command”.
The PRO explained, “On the issue of whether they were sensitised before the launching of NICIS II at the Command, it is on record that Customs Officers, Clearing Agents and other Stakeholders including members of NAGAFF were part of the two weeks training at the Zonal Headquarters at Yaba and Apapa Area Command respectively.
“Therefore, to say, they were not sensitised will be a denial of facts already on records. The CAC wants to inform stakeholders that she attends to all Customs brokers equally without fear of favour, whether NAGAFF or ANLCA, and will not be dragged into politics of superiority among different Agencies.
“The Command must always be focused on suppression of smuggling, collection of appropriate Customs duties while facilitating trade to enhance economic growth and development.
“Let it be known that the letter by NAGAFF seeking to meet the CAC of MMA Command was received on 12 of February, 2018, during the time of the former Controller and not the incumbent CAC. The new CAC is willing to meet with any individual or group that will add value to the functions of Nigeria Customs Service at the Airport.
“Accordingly, the Command wishes to inform all stakeholders to discountenance any narrative that tends to misrepresent the patriotic stand of the CAC and the Command”.