Digitizing the Border: Nigeria and Benin Customs Lead the Way in West Africa

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Nigeria Customs Service and Benin Republic Customs Forge Technological Alliance for Cross-Border Trade Enhancement”

In a pivotal moment for cross-border trade, the Acting Comptroller-General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniy, has reaffirmed the commitment of the Nigeria Customs Service to collaborate with the Republic of Benin Customs Administration. Their shared objective is to leverage advanced technology to effectively manage and streamline the flow of goods between Nigeria and Benin Republic.

The announcement came to light during a two-day interactive session held in Abuja on Monday, September 11, 2023, where high-ranking officials from both customs agencies convened to chart a course for enhanced cooperation.

The primary aim of this meeting was to reinforce the already robust bilateral trade relationship between Nigeria and Benin Republic and establish a comprehensive mechanism to align the import prohibition lists of the two nations.

Addressing the gathering, the Acting Comptroller-General expressed his appreciation to the Benin Customs and the Embassy of Benin for their keen interest in joining forces with the Nigeria Customs Service to facilitate trade.

He emphasized that both countries possess significant expertise in the realm of trade and emphasized their renewed enthusiasm to strengthen their collaborative efforts for a more prosperous future.”The customs administrations in both countries possess valuable insights and technical acumen in the realm of trade.

Thus, we are redoubling our efforts to nurture our partnership and bring about tangible improvements in our trade facilitation strategies,” the Acting Comptroller-General remarked.Furthermore, he outlined the anticipated outcomes of this collaboration, stating,

“We hope that this program will address trade-related challenges and establish a roadmap for implementing innovative strategies that will bolster the economies and revenue streams of both Nigeria and Benin Republic. Our organizations must brainstorm and develop ideas to tackle transit issues and pursue progressive measures.

“Recognizing the growing global security concerns, the Acting Comptroller-General emphasized the paramount importance of synergy between the two customs administrations.

He underscored that their intended partnership would not only strengthen their relationship but also contribute significantly to the economic development of both nations.

This alliance holds the promise of ushering in a new era of efficient cross-border trade, benefiting the citizens and economies of Nigeria and Benin Republic alike.

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