Raging controversy on VIN Policy :
TinCan Customs meets security heads
* Compt OLOYEDE seeks new partnership with agencies
In continuation with the sensitisation programme on raging controversy about Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) Valuation Policy, the Customs Area Controller (CAC) TinCan Island Port Command, Compt ADEKUNLE OLOYEDE
held a crucial engagement with the Port Manager and Heads of Security/Regulatory Agencies in the Port.
The CAC used the platform to familiarise with heads of Security/Regulatory Agencies and to brainstorm on issues affecting the existing relationship between the Service and Sister Agencies, with a view to re-jigging and strengthening operational synergy.
Also, Compt OLOYEDE used the occasion to give an overview and historical perspective to the deployment of VIN Valuation and VREG Policy. He stated categorically that the VIN Valuation regime provides for transparency and simplification for both the Importer and Customs, as it has the tendency of mitigating corruption as a non intrusive module.
He explained that the VIN Policy is in tandem with the Arusha declaration and Kyoto Convention, which Nigeria is signatory.
On the VREG Policy, the CAC informed participants that it ensures that stolen cars can not have access to our clime amongst other benefits of accountability, as the Service is oftentimes inundated with requests for retrieval of stolen vehicles by Interpol.
Speaking further, he noted that the nature of Global Trade advocates for full automation and simplification of Customs Clearance in accordance with article 1 of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) and noted that the Service engaged with Stakeholders through series of Webinar and Publication before deployment of the VIN Valuation Policy.
The Area Controller specifically stated that impasse on VIN Valuation is consequent upon misuse of procedure pertaining to inappropriate code usage for Standard and non- Standard VIN.
On the issue of enhanced working collaboration in Port operations, Compt OLOYEDE charged heads of Security and Regulatory Agencies to push for full automation, so as to be integrated into NCS platform like the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), NAFDAC, NESREA etc, for Ease of communication and effective regulation.
Above all, he solicited the support of all Security and Regulatory Agencies, urging them to ensure intelligence/Information sharing, as the task of Nation’s building is a collective responsibility.
More so, the CAC calls for the understanding of Sister Agencies for the actualisation of his mandate. On his part, the Port Manager and other heads of Security/Regulatory Agencies assured the CAC of their unalloyed support and thanked him for enlightening them on the VIN Valuation issue.