Furore over VIN policy : TinCan Customs meets critical stakeholders
* As Compt Oloyede urges freight forwarders to de-emphasize strike actions
(Pictures taken during the meeting)
The Customs Area Controller (CAC), Tincan Island Port Command, Compt. ADEKUNLE OLOYEDE has engaged critical stakeholders in his inaugural meeting following the protests over Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) Valuation Policy.
In his opening remarks, the CAC reiterated the Core Functions of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and pointed out the role of NCS aligned with the Core Functions namely ; Collection/Generation of Revenue, Suppression of Smuggling, Border Security, tade facilitation, enforcement of Fiscal and Monetary Policies of the Federal Government.
Compt OLOYEDE spoke extensively on the VIN Valuation Policy, which has generated tension leading to protests by freight forwarders in the maritime industry.
He pointed out : “The Service conducted series of enlightenment programs on the subject before it was finally deployed. We wonder why the issue has generated furore at a time the Service had thought the process is seamless”.
The Area Controller calls on stakeholders to always seek engagement with appropriate authority and ensure continuous capacity building for their members, especially at this period that the Service is advancing to full automation.
On the recent protests carried out by Freight Forwarders as a result of the VIN Policy, the CAC urged them to de-emphasize the issue of strike actions.
He stressed that protests have never solved any problem anywhere in the world.
Speaking further, the CAC mentioned Trade Facilitation tools available in the Command and urged stakeholders to take advantage of the tools to resolve any issue that may arise in cargo clearance process.
He reminded the freight forwarders, as well as Licensed Customs Agents about Dispute Resolution Committee (DRC), the Help Desk, among other units as avenues where grievances can be channeled for expeditious resolution.
The stakeholders ventilated their challenges beyond the VIN Valuation to other issues hindering their operations and Compt OLOYEDE promised to look into the issues very dispassionately, in order to ensure that an enabling environment is created for compliant traders.
He charged the stakeholders to brace up for the challenges ahead, particularly with the anticipated full automation of Customs processes and procedures. He reassured that full automation will lead to ease of doing business, calling on stakeholders to embrace and become ICT savvy to enable them cope with the realities.
On the raging issue, he advised stakeholders to continue to engage and avoid situation where Agents could resort to self help and create room for miscreants to hijack the process and wreck havoc in the system.
Going forward, the CAC assured them of his preparedness to run an open and transparent regime to ensure that all opinions are accommodated in the Trade Value Chain.