CG Adeniyi announces NCS Committee for evacuation of overtime cargoes


By Abiodun OBA

The Comptroller-General of Customs, Adewale Adeniyi has announced, the formation of a committee which will include government agencies, representatives from terminal operators and shipping lines to manage the process of removing overtime containers from the nation’s port.

Adeniyi met with seaport terminal operators, truck owners, licensed customs agents, and other essential stakeholders within the port environment over the evacuation of overtime cargoes and implementation of a 48-hour Customs clearance process at the nation’s ports.

In a statement issued on Wednesday by the Customs National Spokesman, Abdullahi Maiwada, the Customs CG, during the event, expressed the mission to fulfil the government’s goal of decongesting the port by expediting the removal of containers that have lingered for an extended period.

The Customs CG highlighted the authority granted by the Nigeria Customs Service Act, 2023, allowing the NCS to remove overtime cargoes from the port.

He emphasized the importance of partnership, support, understanding, collaboration, and participation from all stakeholders to successfully clear the containers from the ports.

Adeniyi also announced the formation of a committee, as specified by the Act, which will include government agencies, representatives from terminal operators and shipping lines. “This committee will manage the process of removing containers from the port,” the Customs CG stated.

The CGC revealed that the NCS has implemented strategies to address issues related to Customs processes and procedures. These strategies include the plan to launch the Authorised Economic Operators (AEO) program, a robust risk management system, and a time-release study scheduled for the first quarter of 2024.

Stakeholders at the event pledged their support to alleviate the Ports from the burden of overtime cargoes.

Tunde Keshinro, a Terminal Operator, emphasized that the challenges associated with overtime cargoes revolve around processes, including issues related to their location and the associated costs and charges.

He suggested that it would be more efficient to dispose of the cargo at their current location, streamlining the process and expediting the necessary steps.

Gerald Mbamalu, representing ICP Bonded Terminal, called for government intervention to improve the road infrastructure, ensuring the smooth movement of trucks in and out of the ports.

To achieve the goal of a 48-hour clearance process, the Vice President of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), Hon. Princess Chi Eze, urged the CGC to maximize the use of scanners at Apapa Port.

In response, the Zonal Coordinator, Zone A, ACG Bello Jibo, stated that NCS is committed to monitoring the effective utilization of scanners by regularly visiting the ports and terminals.

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