Nigeria Customs Service Partners WCO, GIZ to Train Officers on Rules of Origin

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Nigeria Customs Service Partners WCO, GIZ to Train Officers on Rules of Origin

Photographs taken during the capacity building


The Nigeria Customs Service has reiterated its commitment to enhancing border security and trade facilitation by engaging officers in various capacity-building programmes.

The Comptroller-General of Customs, CGC Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR, announced this on Monday, January 22, 2024, at the Nigeria Customs Command and Staff College Gwagwalada. This marked the inauguration of a 5-day workshop on ‘Rules of Origin,’ co-organised by Alliance for Trade Facilitation, GIZ, and the World Customs Organisation (WCO).

Represented by the Deputy Comptroller-General in charge of Tariff and Trade, DCG Abdullahi Musa, the Customs Boss welcomed WCO Experts visiting Nigeria to enhance officers’ expertise in trade facilitation and enable their participation in Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement.

DCG Musa stated, “On behalf of the Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service, you are welcome to the opening session of the national workshop on the Rules of Origin, jointly sponsored by the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation, GIZ, and WCO.

He stressed the CGC’s commitment to collaborate with development partners for capacity building, emphasising the importance of the workshop in strengthening the Service.

“So far, the Service has been designated the competent authority for issuing Certificates of Origin. Over the next five days, 25 officers will undergo intensive training on the Rules of Origin.”

“I declare this workshop open on behalf of the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service,” he added.

The lead origin expert for the WCO, Mette Azzam, said the training workshop is an opportunity for excellent collaboration between customs administration, WCO, and GIZ.

She underscored the increasing importance of knowledge on Rules of Origin worldwide, particularly with the proliferation of Free Trade Agreements. Azam highlighted that determining the value of goods incorrectly could lead to duty payments, even if not as much as expected.

She also highlighted the impact of Rules of Origin on revenue and stressed the need to correctly determine the preferential value of goods to avoid incorrect duty payments.

The Assistant Comptroller-General in charge of Strategy, Research, and Policy, ACG Ibrahim Alfa, urged participants to pay attention to the programme, emphasising its significance in enhancing the Service’s efficiency in revenue generation.

ACG Alfa stressed the importance of correctly determining the preferential value of goods to avoid erroneous duty payments.

He reiterated the workshop’s focus on promoting efficiency in revenue generation. He encouraged participants to absorb the knowledge presented, saying its relevance to the evolving landscape of international trade agreements.

The 5-day workshop is expected to empower 25 officers from the Nigeria Customs Service through intensive training, discussions, and assessments on the Rules of Origin.

As the Customs Service collaborates with international partners, the aim is to enhance officers’ expertise and contribute successfully to implementing the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement.

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