24th June, 2011
As part of efforts to resolve theÂ recurringÂ bottlenecks in the clearing and dispatch of goods at the ports, the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Alhaji Dikko Abdullahi, has given assurance that the Negotiable Duty Credit Certificate (NDCC) among other issues will be resolve.
Abdulahi stated this recently during a Nigeria Customs Service and the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) Consultative forum held in Lagos. Represented by the Deputy Comptroller in charge of Tariff and Trade, Mulikat Adegoke, Abdulahi stated that the NDCC is of particular interest to the Association as it enables them to use the certificates as duties paid on certain goods.
The NCS, he said, is willing and ready to address issues that may militate against the optimal performance of the association.
The Customs boss noted that the Fast Track Clearance Scheme has not been cancelled, adding that the scheme would be acceptable to manufacturers once they understood the procedure. While commending MAN for its contribution towards the growth of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and the growth of the non-oil sector which has added value to the economy of the nation, Abdullahi said the service has also looked into the complaints of the Association on the number of Customs units performing examination at the ports.Â â€œWe are equally looking at the complaints with a view to streamlining them, reduce the prospect of corrupt practices and eliminate delays.
Just last week, I gave a specific directive to the effect that only residents officers and the customs intelligent units should partake in physical examination,â€ he said.
In his welcome address, president of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, Chief Kola Jamodu said that one of the significant achievements of MAN/CUSTOMS forum was the institution of the Fast Track Clearing arrangement but appears to have been discontinued.
â€œI appeal that the Nigeria Customs Service should reconsider and reintroduce the Fast Track Clearing because of its obvious advantages to members of the association,â€ he said. He also solicited that the forum be institutionalized so as to serve as an avenue to review measures that would alleviate port clearing challenges.