Challenge customs directive on barge operations in court, freight forwarders advised

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Challenge customs directive on barge operations in court, freight forwarders advised

The Chairman, Port Consultative Council, Otunba Kunle Folarin has called on barge operators to challenge the recent directive of Nigeria Customs Service banning operations of barge operations in the nation’s seaports.

Folarin made the call in a private chat with our correspondent in Lagos on Sunday.

He stated that all cargoes that are pre-cleared before delivery must be transferred under customs bond and escorted by customs officers to destinations where the cargoes will be examined.

According to him, if such cargoes are diverted on transit, customs officers should be held responsible.

He said, “The Customs circular on barging should be challenged both in court and the National Assembly. The procedure is clear.

“All Cargoes that are not pre-cleared before delivery must be transferred under customs bond and escorted by Customs to the destination where the cargoes will be examined and released.

“If the cargo is diverted before reaching the destination, Customs is responsible in case of diversion and Freight Forwarders and all stakeholders must challenge it.

Editing by ‘Biodun Soyele

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