Trade facilitation : CGC Adeniyi meets strategic stakeholders in Kano

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Trade facilitation :
CGC Adeniyi meets strategic stakeholders in Kano

The Comptroller-General of Customs, CGC Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR, has engaged stakeholders from across the import-export ecosystem in a bid to address operational challenges and foster more efficient trade environment.

The meeting took place in Kano on Sunday, March 10, 2024, with stakeholders from Customs License
Agents, Bonded Terminal Operators, and Importers, who used that opportunity to express their concerns over the bottlenecks in clearing their consignments from Lagos and Onne Ports.

The stakeholders highlighted the challenges associated with the change of procedure code and compounded by cumbersome process for clearance of consignments on transire from coastal ports to Inland Container Terminals in Kano.

Addressing the concerns raised by stakeholders, the CGC emphasized the Service commitment to transparency and efficiency, adding, “We understand the frustrations faced by stakeholders. We are committed to addressing these challenges head-on.

“Our goal is to streamline processes and ensure seamless flow of goods across borders, ultimately driving economic growth and development.”

In response to the issue surrounding manifest amendment leading to unnecessary delays, the CGC assured stakeholders of proactive engagement with operators to identify and implement solutions, “We will work closely with shipping lines through the Nigerian Shippers Council to resolve any issue hindering timely clearance of goods.”

While responding to the delayed escort of goods in transit, the CGC announced plans to automate the process by deploying an Electronic Cargo Tracking System.

According to him, the stakeholders’ breakfast meeting brought a renewed sense of collaboration, which speaks volumes to his policy thrust and optimism for the future of Nigeria’s import-export sector.

He reiterated the importance of ongoing dialogue and partnership in driving sustainable growth and fostering a conducive business environment.

He stressed; “Together, we will overcome these challenges and unlock the full potential of Nigeria’s trade ecosystem.”

The stakeholders meeting was graced by the Deputy Comptroller-General in Charge of Enforcement, Inspection and Investigation Muhammad Abba-Kura, Comptroller Federal Operations Unit Zone B, Customs Area Controllers of Kano/Jigawa and Apapa Commands among other Senior Customs Officers.

Our Correspondent observed that CGC Adeniyi is working assiduously to enhance economic prosperity of the Nigerian nation through effective trade facilitation,   reaching out to strategic stakeholders across different geopolitical zones in the country. He is proactively working in tandem with his vision of consolidation, innovation and collaboration.   

Photograph taken during the strategic meeting in Kano 
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