Trade facilitation, port operations : Customs to collaborate with NPA for greater efficiency

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Trade facilitation, port operations : Customs to collaborate with NPA for greater efficiency 

The Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service, CGC Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR, has expressed commitment to enhance the output of designated export processing terminals.

The Customs Boss made this known when he received the Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mr. Muhammad Bello Koko and his entourage on a working visit to Customs Headquarters in Abuja.

The CGC, who spoke on recent developments at Lilypond, told Mr. Koko that the two organisations need to synergise, to streamline operations at the nation’s seaports.

His assertions :  “We need to form a joint team that will engage other Government Agencies to refine the activities of exporting goods through installation of trackers  to avoid delays in diversion of goods. I want to assure you that the Management Team of Nigeria Customs Service will work with you.”

In his remarks, the NPA Boss, congratulated CGC Adeniyi and sought his support to upgrade facilities at Ikorodu Lighter Terminal and decongest Lagos ports.

Mr. Koko assured the CGC that once Lagos Ports are decongested, the facilities will attract higher patronage. He also called for synergy among various Customs Units to enhance speedy passage of cleared consignment at the terminal.

The NPA Boss said, “We thank you so much for supporting the Committee that was set up. Members of this Committee have gone round the country.”

He expressed worries over congestion at  Lagos Ports, which, according to him, makes it difficult for NPA to carry out its duties effectively.

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