By Godfrey Bivbere
The Tin-Can Island command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) said it is set to automate the valuation of imported vehicles into the country.
Making this known in Lagos, the Custom Area Controller (CAC) of the Command, Musa Abdullahi, said that they have completed collation of the relevant data in terms of value, cost, country of origin, etc for the process to commence.
Abdullahi explained that several meetings with all the relevant units of the Service are ongoing to ensure smooth implementation of the automation process.
He also revealed that the command has collected N62 billion as revenue into the Federation account in the first two months of the year.
According to him, the command is doing all it can to block all sources of revenue leakages, adding that officers and staff are being trained in readiness for the deployment of a new cargo clearing process known as the Nigeria Integrated Customs Information System (NICIS).
He stated: “We shall block all revenue leakages to ensure that appropriate duties are collected so that our target of N354 billion is met. So far we have collected N62 billion and NICIS II which is an upgrade of NICIS I with more efficient and functional capabilities will soon be deployed to enable Quick Cargo Clearances thereby reduces transaction cost.
“Stakeholders and Officers are presently undergoing Training for ease of Implementation and Migration new platform.
“Prior to this time, the Dispute Resolution Committee (DRC), of the command was meeting twice a week to deliberate on conflicts arising from Valuation, Classification, Pre-Arrival Assessment Report (PAAR), etc. However on my assumption of officer and as a pointer to my renew enthusiasm for trade facilitation, I have directed that all issues arising from disputes to be attended to and resolved in six hours. In view of this, the DRC have been directed to sit on daily basis for quick Resolution of issues,” he noted.