expressed its resolve to continue to scrutinize the various processes for
fraudulent intent, in the course of duty while facilitating trade.
Deputy Controller of Customs Dera Nnadi, who is in charge of
enforcement and compliance at the Tin-Can Island Command of the Customs, stated
this in an interview during a focus group meeting convened by the Nigerian
Chamber of Shipping in Lagos on Tuesday.
regulation, compliance and further checks to stop unscrupulous acts that could
hurt the economy and national security.
officer would prefer to give priority to trade facilitation, but then, how do
you do that in an environment where supply chain integrity is very poor, and
you need to enforce compliance.
again, how do you also marry trade facilitation against national security?
These are emerging key issues and some of the reasons for the amendment of our
the gathering that the NCS simply works within its function of implementing
trade policies as has been set, and not the making of policies.
to stakeholders who lament the huge duty payment on importation of vessels,
while it is zero duty on importation of aircraft.
from people like you and send it to management, so that management would pass
it to the relevant government agency, this time around, the ministry of
comes up with, interpret and share with you. What we do with the policies is to
implement them, because of the mandate that we have,” Nnadi said.
of government, particularly in the maritime industry, should focus on their primary
regulatory functions rather than emphasizing on revenue collection, one of the
core functions of the customs service.
revenue, we can identify government agencies that are mainly concerned with
revenue, like customs, and ask them to deal with revenue.
maritime abandon their regulatory functions for revenue, making operators to be
overtaxed and when they are overtaxed they circumvent the processes.”
double taxation, people try to wiggle their way out by cheating, and then make enforcement
and compliance a challenge.