- Tasks Customs on collaboration with Licensed brokers
(Report by Udeme Clement)
The Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), has faulted Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), for not collaborating with licensed Customs brokers in its operations, as spelled out by World Customs Organisation (WCO).
The Vice President of ANLCA, Dr Kayode Farinto, made this known during a press conference in Lagos.
Speaking further, Dr Farinto, expressed displeasure at the current working relationship between the Service and Customs Brokers in the maritime industry. He stressed that the
Customs Management has not done enough in promoting a cordial working synergy with Licensed Agents, as well as other relevant stakeholders as required by WCO standard.
According to him, “The Service is not building a strong working partnership with Licensed brokers, as such, government is losing cargoes and revenue to other African countries.
The ANLCA Chieftain informed; “Up till now, Nigeria Customs has not made any policy statement on African Continental Free Trade Agreement ( AfCFTA),
in terms of how it will work with Customs Brokers to curtail influx of substandard products into our economic environment.”
He pointed out; “Our fear is that, if the issue of working synergy with Customs Brokers is not properly addressed, we may experience a situation where Nigeria is turned into a dumping ground by other African Countries.”
Dr Farinto emphasised the need for Customs to work closely with Licensed Agents, in order to enhance greater trade facilitation for increased economic growth and development.