Nigeria, Benin Customs adopt single goods declaration procedure - THE GUARDIAN
To facilitate regional trade, Customs authorities in Nigeria and Benin have adopted single goods declaration, as both countries introduce modern tools for inter-border clearance of goods. Under the new system, declarations made for imports transiting from either of the countries to the other would be electronically shared to deal with corrupt tendencies and increase security. The Assistant Comptroller-General of Customs, Zone ‘A’, Benjamin Aber, who disclosed this during the stakeholders’ sensitisation programme between Nigeria Customs Service and Benin Customs at Seme border, said both agencies are committed to taking bold steps to coordinate border management operations, in order to enable stakeholders to have seamless operations and facilitate trade between Nigeria and Republic of Benin.
He said: “The electronic connectivity will facilitate trade and reduce cost of doing business while security will be boosted.
“Deployment of non-intrusive equipment such as scanners will deal with the challenges of trans-border crimes including insurgencies.
“The electronic platform will integrate the two countries Single Windows trade platforms and also improve the compliance to trade regulatory and fiscal policy measures of both countries.
“The platform will create effective, predictable and transparent risk management system and reduction in smuggling activities in both countries and Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS)”.
The Customs boss said that both the NCS and Benin Customs held and agreed on coordinated border management to enhance Ease of Doing business and reduce time spent on border trading.
Aber said that bilateral connectivity of all World Customs Organisation (WCO) members had been launched, saying that the Nigeria-Benin Customs Connectivity was established to be the first connectivity centre.
He said that the connectivity centre between the two countries would be launched by President Muhammadu Buhari, and the Comptroller-General of Customs, Retired Col. Hameed Ali.
By Sulaimon Salau