Terminal operators seeks review of customs procedure to avoid delays


Terminal operators on Monday called for a review of the system where they have to scan and send documents to Abuja for approval before cargoes are discharged.

At a meeting with the Assistant Comptroller-General of Customs(ACG), Zone ‘A’, Mr Eporwei Edike, at the Apapa Area Command, Capt. Mohammed Bashir of the Apapa Bulk Terminal, urged the ACG to table the issue before the customs management.

He said that the method of operation was responsible for delays of about two to three days.

Bashir suggested that such approval could easily be handled by the ACG in Lagos, to avoid the unwarranted delay.

He encouraged business owners in Nigeria to become more innovative and consider more export business, rather than importing toothpicks.

He disclosed that his terminal now operated round the clock for break bulking to save hours.

The Managing Director of Mitchell Bonded Terminal, Mr Okunbo, appealed that the customs service should consider helping to stem containers to off-dock terminals as his facility had yet received containers in 5 years. 

He said they should also look at the issue of high tariff and delays as some terminals refused transfers.

Responding, the ACG condemned any act that would lead to delay of anybody’s consignment or making people to unduly pay Debit Note.

He advised the terminal operators to write about their concerns in a letter to the Comptroller-General of Customs.

He, however, said that the customs was not in charge of waivers and revalidation.


He also said that the importer and the shipping companies, rather than the customs, had the authority in the stemming of containers to off-dock terminals.