Customs Announces Nigerian Importers To Start Clearing Goods From Cotonou Ports

Sep 13, 2023 - 13:44
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Customs Announces Nigerian Importers To Start Clearing Goods From Cotonou Ports
CGC Adewale Adeniyi
By Adetokunbo FAKEYE 
Nigeria - Relief is now on the way for Nigerian importers who have plans of importing their goods through Cotonou Ports in Benin Republic, Nigeria Customs has declared.

The Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, acting Comptroller-General, CGC Adewale Adeniyi, explained that the details of the framework are being worked out.

This decision to set up a clearing point for Nigeria-bound goods was one of the highlights of the two-day working visit of the Director-General of Customs Service of Benin Republic, Mr. Alain Kinkati, as contained in a Communique issued at the end of the meeting in Abuja on Tuesday.

According to Adeniyi, under the arrangement, Nigeria-bound goods would be assessed and appropriate duties paid in the originating country with such duties credited to the Nigerian government, through the Nigerian Customs Service.

He described the framework as a great progress in the sub-regional integration and trade facilitation efforts in collaboration with their counterparts from neighboring Benin Republic.

According to him, he had "substantially reduced barriers around trade corridors as the number of checkpoints have been significantly reduced, "working with the police authorities, with a pledge to reduce them to the minimum possible". 

The Acting Customs boss, according to Channels TV report, also announced that plans are at the final stages of aligning its Information Technology (IT) system with that of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in order to curb smuggling of vehicles into the country.

Similarly, the Customs boss said that his administration is "harmonising the list of prohibited items with Benin Republic" to advance the security function of the organisation, the report added.

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