|Nelson Ochai, Head of Export Desk, Apapa Customs Command|
malpractice such as false declaration, under-declaration and over-valuation of
goods as key reasons that combine to hinder trade facilitation.
Ochai, said this at a one –day seminar on ethics and integrity of trade, organized recently in Lagos by the the
Nigerian Shippers’ Council and the Standards Organisation of Nigeria(SON).
some traders who have decided to constitute a nuisance of themselves in the
course of making declaration for the purpose of cargo clearance.
and sometimes over-valuation of goods. It is now a common thing in Nigeria.
of capital flight, particularly in export. People don’t want to do the right
thing. They take consignment out but they don’t want it to follow the right channel,
through the CBN account.”
examination process for export of cashew and given clearance, turned around to
offload the container of the cashew and uploaded it with a helicopter.
in the malpractice and made to face the law.
their declaration, the customs service continues to support them by placing
them on the fast-track list where they do not waste time doing the cargo
fast-track for clearance. From time to time, we do checks to ensure that those
on fast track are still doing the right thing, and if there is any reason to
doubt, they would be removed,” Ochai said.
factor that troubles trade facilitation.