CGC Adeniyi taking inter-agency synergy in Customs operations to greater heights

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CGC Adeniyi taking inter-agency synergy in Customs operations to greater heights
Partners DG TAXUD EU for efficient export monitoring, trade facilitation

From right; CGC Adeniyi taking inter-agency collaboration in Customs operations to greater heights

Apparently, the Comptroller General of Customs, CGC Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR, is taking inter-agency synergy in Customs operations to greater heights, as the Service collaborates with Directorate General, Taxation and Customs Union (DG TAXUD) of the European Union (EU) for efficient export monitoring and trade facilitation.

Speaking during a meeting held at Customs Headquarters in Abuja, on February 27, 2024, the CGC said the Service is collaborating with DG TAXUD for efficiency in export monitoring and documentation.

According to him; “The Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, as the competent authority for rules of origin will do all it best to facilitate the process, because peace will prevail if trade is permitted to flourish”.

Group photograph taken during the meeting

Accordingly, the CGC acknowledged the initiative as a welcome idea, working towards economic union by bringing the two economic blocks together. He said the initiative of the Registered Exporters is a welcome development.

Also, the CGC requested a framework between Customs and DG TAXUD that can be used to verify and validate export commodities. He said that the Service is interested in digital platform that will enhance validation of documents.

His opinion: “As part of our outreach programme, we are also working with other agencies of the Nigerian government so that we maximize these opportunities. In the past, we’ve had goods from Nigeria returned because of quality, storage and all of that”.

He said, “We’ve moved to establish a ‘one-stop-shop’ export seat for export documentation so that it will help us reduce the time taken for Nigerian exporters to get their goods out of our port. Earlier this month, we launched the Time Release Studies, which we are targeting towards importing of goods and how much it takes for businessmen to clear their goods in the port”.

Speaking further, he said, “We are also going to launch a similar exercise to have a scientific measure of how long and how much it costs our businessmen to export their products. The most important part is to identify if there are bureaucratic modules, procedures, or laws that are creating delays so that people can get their goods off our port with speed”.

The CGC said, “My intention for us is to have a system that is better, faster and easier for us to confirm your request within a very short period. I want us to talk about exportation like we all talk about importation”.

Also speaking, Gary Wilkinson, who works in the Rules of Origin, in the Directorate-General Taxation and Customs Union (DG TAXUD) in the EU, said the tariff discount for exported products is 4 percent, so when Nigerian products are exported, they get a discount.

He emphasized that as part of the Generalized System of Preference (GSP) scheme, they occasionally travel to developing countries to ensure that products sent to the European Union are indeed of Nigerian origin.

He stated that specific rules have been put in place to ascertain the origin of products under the GSP scheme. He said all their trade agreements are based on cooperation between the two Customs departments.

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