NAGAFF Compliance team to tour Customs formations, terminals
*Targets over 80 % compliance level
By Udeme Clement :
The 100 percent Compliance team inaugurated by National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders, NAGAFF, has concluded plans to tour Customs formations within the Western and Eastern ports.
The National Coordinator of the team, Alhaji Ibrahim Tanko, made this known in Lagos.
He explained that the exercise is a campaign tour arranged to cover Customs Commands, as well as terminals to sensitise Freight Forwarders on the urgent need to comply with government fiscal policies, in order to enhance trade facilitation in the maritime industry.
According to him, “Compliance with government trade regulations will fast track cargo clearance and prevent any infraction that can result in seizure of imported goods by Customs operatives in the ports.
This, he said, will also prevent losses often incurred by Freight Forwarders and importers whenever their trade goods are seized by government officials at seaports.
Alhaji Tanko emphasised, “The team has been working tirelessly in sensitising Freight Forwarders on the benefits of complying with fiscal policies on appropriate documentation and honest declaration.
“The results have been positive, as compliance level among Freight Forwarders and importers has increased to above 50 percent, compared to what we recorded in the past”.
He pointed out, “The Compliance level now is more than 50 percent. Before now, we had just 20 percent compliance. So, we are not relenting because we are going to achieve 80 percent and above at the end of 2020.”
He went on, “This is a good development because it has increased revenue collection for the Federal Government, while reducing Customs records on Demand Notice, DN, on cargo and seizure of goods.
“It has also reduced the risk of goods being detained by Standards Organisation of Nigeria, SON, and Customs”.
In the same vein, “The Founder of NAGAFF, Dr Boniface Aniebonam, whose ingenuity brought about the Compliance team said, “The Compliance team is functioning as important tool for trade facilitation.
“The team is well equipped and works in line with government policies to promote maritime trade in the country.”
He stressed, “Freight Forwarders as stakeholders in the maritime industry have the mandate to sensitise importers on importance of complying with trade policies”.