SGS Takes Over DI From Customs


One of Nigeria’s Destination Inspection (DI) service providers, SGS Scanning Nigeria Limited, has assured the Federal Government of its commitment to the smooth takeover of the destination inspection scheme by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) from January 2013.

Managing Director of SGS Scanning Nigeria Limited, Mr Nigel Balchin, gave the assurance at the closing ceremony of the the training for the eighth set of Customs officers penultimate Friday. The programme was organised by the company under the NCS Secondment Programme at the SGS Price Verification and Classification Unit in Lagos.

The “on-the-job” training attended by 15 middle level Customs officers, is to prepare a transition team to takeover services being provided by SGS under the destination inspection scheme, including the operation of scanning machines.

Balchin stated that the management of the NCS at the end of the year is expected to review the training conducted by SGS and other destination inspection service providers in the last few years.

“Next year, we will focus on the transition team to be constituted by NCS, with members selected from officers who have completed the ‘on-the-job’ training and those exposed to image analysis and operation of cargo scanning machines,” he explained.

While congratulating the participants on the successful completion of the training programme, the SGS boss enjoined them to put what they have learnt to good use for the