Customs rates PAAR performance high as revenue swells

CAC Eporwei Edike
A performance appraisal of the Pre-Arrival Assessment Report (PAAR) by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) shows that the scheme has delivered value since it took off on Dec. 1, 2013.

With a record 23.4 per cent increase in revenue from N769 billion in 2013, to N950 billion as at November 2014, the NCS says in spite of the initial teething challenges PAAR has performed well in facilitating trade by ensuring efficiency in clearance procedures.
Comptroller Eporwei Edike, the Controller in charge of the Apapa Area 1 Command of the NCS, disclosed this while speaking recently at the inauguration of the new executives of the Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria (MARAN) in Lagos.
According to Edike, a total of 201,320 requests for PAAR were received, out of which 14, 259 were rejected while 188, 424 were finally registered.
He disclosed that 108, 159 PAAR were uplifted, with a total Cost Insurance Freight (CIF) value of N5.6 trillion.
 According to Edike, the PAAR is to remove the bottlenecks and clogs in the wheels of trade progress, reduce the time of doing business in Nigerian ports and increase revenue for government.
He identified issues bordering on compliance and occasional failure in technology as some of the challenges facing the PAAR), but added that the newly-installed network mast had taken care of the network failures to a great extent.
“PAAR has had its fair share of teething problems, but its greatest challenge is with compliance since that of technology has been taken care of with the new mast for internet service provision.
“There will be no query with PAAR when you are transparent because the system is robust. But we will query you when there are inconsistencies between your declaration and what we see,” Edike said.
He said the credibility of the PAAR system further received recognition by the World Customs Organisation(WCO)which  also  encouraged other countries to emulate Nigeria in that regard.

The Comptroller also said that the service had been able to save N36.9billion for the government through collections of the Comprehensive Import Supervision Scheme (CISS) levy, which was erstwhile being collected by the service providers.