Post by Ismail AbdulAzeez on Jun 26, 2017 8:41:10 GMT 1
At a time the Federal Government is calling for diversification of Nigeria economy through exportation, The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), has raised the alarm of massive exportation of prohibited items from the seaports.
This was disclosed by the Customs Area Controller (CAC), Apapa Command of the service, Compt Jibrin Muhammed during a press briefing on Wednesday.
The Controller also charged prospective exporters of made in Nigeria products and other raw materials to come to Apapa Command for their exports.
He said, “We have intercepted and detained some export containers of scrap metals, wet blue (leather) and unprocessed wood which is under export prohibition in the extant laws.
“Investigations are ongoing and sanctions will be applied in line with extant laws. However the seized pharmaceuticals will be handed over to the National Agency for Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).”
Jibrin disclosed that he was ready to facilitate export trade considering the nation’s economic state and the Federal Government efforts at diversifying her economy through encouragement of exportation of agricultural products.
Also speaking on the measures put in place to enforce the ease of doing business in the country, he said the command created a functional Customs examination centre to facilitate trade.
Jubrin said creating the examination centre was to implement the Federal Government’s directive on the Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria.
“I want to use this medium to inform stakeholders that the Apapa Area Command has in line with the Federal Government’s directive on the Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria initiative created a functional Customs Examination Centre within APMT.
“This serves as a coordinating centre for all stakeholders in cargo examination at the Apapa Port. I have already held a meeting with all the critical agencies where we rubbed minds on the smooth operation of the centre and they have already keyed into the project.
“The system will continue to be perfected as the project progresses with intention to reduce human contact as well as time spent on cargo clearance,” Jibrin added.