Shippers’ Council Urges All Stakeholders in Maritime to be honest in Customs Clearance Procedures

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From Left : DC Enforcement TCIP command, Nigeria Customs Service, Mr.  Dera Nnadi, President SALS, Reverend Jonathan Nicole and Deputy Director, Nigerian Shippers Council, Chief Cajetan Agu during yesterday’s enlightenment seminar on ethics, integrity in international trade held in  Lagos

The Nigerian Shippers’ Council has called on shippers and licenced clearing agents to comply with customs cargo clearance procedures.

Speaking at an enlightenment seminar on ethics and integrity, Tuesday in Lagos, the Executive Secretary of the Council, Barrister Hassan Bello said part of the mandate of the agency is to create awareness among stakeholders on efficient and effective ways of conducting business.

Bello said in order to achieve such mandate the council has been involved in organizing seminars to educate shippers and clearing agents on guidelines and procedures set by regulatory authorities.

The Executive Secretary, who was represented by the Deputy Director, Compliance and Monitoring Department of the Council, said the seminar was to update players in the industry on the need to embrace ethics and integrity on international trade.

“When cargoes are sincerely declared and proper documentation made in line with established guidelines, government will have more trust in the shippers and international trade will become a lot easier and less cumbersome.

“The thrust of this seminar will further create awareness among stakeholders on the benefits of making genuine and proper declaration of imports, which include improved revenue to government, reduction of delays at the ports and increased government confidence in shippers “, he added.

Speaking at the seminar, the Coordinator, Zone A of Nigeria Customs Service, ACG Monday Abueh called on shippers to adhere strictly to the rules governing international trade.

Abueh who was represented by Deputy Controller in charge of enforcement, TinCan Island Command of the Service, Dera Nnadi, said that automation in port operations would reduce and eliminate corruption.

President Shippers Association of Lagos State (SALS), Mr Jonathan Nicole who chaired the enlightenment programme lauded the collaboration between the council and the customs on educating operators.

He said that such collaborations and enlightenment seminars will enhance the ease of doing business in our ports.

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