Lagos - The Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Dikko Abdullahi, has directed importers to adhere strictly to the new customs guidelines following the transition to Pre-arrival Assessment Report (PAAR).
The directive was contained in a circular made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
Abdullahi said in the circular to all the Deputy Comptroller Generals, Assistant Comptroller Generals, Area Comptrollers and Heads of Units that the directive took immediate effect.
The contract for Destination Inspection scheme (DI), through the service provider, ended in November, while the NCS took over the scheme in December 2013.
The NCS management later introduced a new import risk management platform to replace the Risk Assessment Report (RAR).
The Comptroller General said in the circular that all directives must be strictly adhered to following the takeoff of the PAAR regime on December 1.
He said that goods that arrived on or before November 30, 2013 with approved ‘e-form M’ and processed final documents, but not issued the RAR were to apply to the Corporate Affairs Commission for temporary permit.
The customs boss said that the goods would be released upon payment of duties and other necessary clearing processes.
Abdullahi said that importers, who have already processed their documents and whose RARs were pending in banks, should access them and commence processing of their goods.
According to him, importers whose RAR could not be transmitted to the Nigeria Integrated Customs Information Service platforms as at November 30 by the service providers are to access the forms from authorised banks and commence
processing of their goods.
He said that all import guidelines or clearance procedures should remain extant.