By Shola Fadeyi
The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders(NAGAFF), has advised other Customs Area Controllers(CACs) , to learn from the Controller of the Tin Can Command , on the tact he has been deploying, to properly collect import duty due to the Federal Government on goods, as well as facilitate legitimate trade.
The Founder of the NAGAFF, Dr Boniface Aniebonam gave this advice in a Statement he issued yesterday, a copy of which he made available to the Marine and Economy Online, pointing out that those CACs also need to emulate Oloyede in the areas of suppression of smuggling and enhancing industrial harmony among others.
He said it was his hope that other area comptrollers would endeavour to emulate Oloyede’s ability and capacity to deploy the Golden rule of the Service, in carrying out his statutory duty, adding that for emphasis, destination inspection simply means customs examination.
Dr Aniebonam encouraged Comptroller Oloyede, to keep up the good work, he has been doing , calling other stakeholders , to also , be up and doing .
He however advised the Central Bank of Nigeria to consult the customs for input on trade rules formulation, for the fact that trade is the hub of any nation’s economic growth and development , saying this calls for the need for ensuring standard operating condition.
Aniebonam stated that it was unfortunate that , the Customs laws as a superior legislation do not agree with the position of CBN on matters of delisting 41 trade goods from forex incentive as contained under Section 27, 28 and 29 of CEMA.
He said these avoidable circumstances are the problems Customs may be facing in the ports cargo clearance procedures, adding that the irony of these uncoordinated trade rules and the deployment of pre-arrival assessment report, which is advisory, leaves the Customs in a difficult situation to manage international trade in Nigeria.
It will be recalled that Comptroller Oloyede shone like a million stars , when his Command in Tin Can generated a revenue of N574.2 billion between January and December , 2022 , surpassing the revenue collected in 2021 by 16.33 percent.
In anti smuggling Oloyede and his officers also ensured that they impounded 38 assorted types of seizures , including cannabis sativa, arms and , among others, worth over N1.8 billion in Duty Paid Value(DPV) in 2022 , as well as achieved a 34.4 per cent increase in Free on Board of Export(FOB) for the period , when the Command recorded N242.3 billion as against N141.9 billion for 2021.