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Govt's pre-shipment method boosts international trade

28 January 2014, 19:06

Abuja - The Comptroller-General, Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Dikko Abdullahi, on Monday said the pre-shipment inspection currently being handled by the service had boosted international trade in Nigeria.

Abdullahi who was speaking at the 2014 International Customs Day in Abuja said that the pre-shipment inspection now known as Pre-Arrival Assessment Report (PAAR) had been acknowledged by international business community.

He said that uniqueness of the method being applied by Nigeria had resulted in the influx of Customs officials and businessmen from foreign countries into Customs headquarters in the country to understudy them.

Abdullahi attributed the efficiency of PAAR to effective communication, adding that the service was utilising the benefits of technology in its activities to ensure that leakages were eliminated in the system.

He charged all NCS formations to hold communication as a vital tool in Customs’ duties, assuring that every encouragement would be given to officials to perform their jobs diligently.

In his remark at the occasion, Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Customs, Sabo Muhammed, commended the NCS management for its belief in and adoption of communication technology in its business.

 Muhammed said that the application of technology had led to transparent dealings in the service.

He also said that the use of technology made it possible for the service to implement its budgets fully, adding that it also help the committee in its oversight function.

-   NAN


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