Command, Compt. Jibrin Musa, has disclosed that a large number of foreign
nationals have been operating as customs agents because they own companies and
had been issued with self-clearance licenses as supported by the government’s
Ease of Doing Business policy.
Musa said this while speaking with executives of the
Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria (MARAN) in his office.
Business policy of the Federal Government is to also make the environment
friendly and convenient for investors as Nigeria is competing for foreign
direct investment with other countries.
license to foreigners, but it however has provisions in its laws for self-clearance
for established companies.
called for indigenization of the clearance of cargoes at Nigerian Ports.
about foreigners around the customs house. In our import and export activities,
we are dealing with both Nigerians and Non-Nigerians, and most of the
industries. We as a nation have licensed them, some of the companies that
operate in Nigeria are owned by foreigners, we have assembly plants for Keke
Napep and car assembly companies owned largely by foreigners.
clearing agent, but they license companies and they grant self-clearance to
such companies, any a company can be given self-clearance, it is now the
prerogative of such company to decide on whom they send to process customs
outfit of that company has foreigners, definitely you cannot rule out seeing a
foreigner following up an entry, it
is not our prerogative to tell them not to come forward.”
importer to hire a custom agent to help him clear a consignment, therefore the
owner of the consignment may be working from behind while he contracted the
responsibility to the clearing agent.
Lagos port, Compt Musa assured that the completion of the road would lead to
increase in economic activity for the country.
with other relevant government agencies and they also issue a joint report for
release of cargoes.
Integration System (NICIIS) 2, it is no longer cumbersome for importers to get
release their consignment from the port.
and this would translate into vibrancy of the economy and economic activities
coming out of Apapa. By the time it is finished, Apapa would bounce back.
2 intended to encourage compliance to government fiscal policies; it is also
for every stakeholder to be on the same platform with customs, to embrace full
we would work better, when it is time for examination, we go to the exam bay
together with all concerned agencies, after this, everybody comes back to the
system, once the report is issued jointly, it makes it easy for the releasing
officer to raise TDO to the terminal operators.”
the need for customs to preserve the jobs of Nigerian clearing agents noting
that foreigners have taken over their jobs.
clearing licenses to individuals and not corporate bodies. According to him, it
is the corporate bodies that perpetrate most of the crimes in the clearance
you look at the form C30, we are looking at individual declarant and not
cooperate declarants, it is that corperate declarant that we are having issues
with and we are investigation who they are, this is why we say, we want to know
who the declarants are.
come here and register a company, he is the managing director, but the chairman
would be a Nigerian, meanwhile the managing director is the one taking
decisions, signing money taking money away, so let the declarant not be a
corporate entity, let it be an individual so that we would know those who are
criminals and hiding under corporate license.”