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Spain tasks Nigerian Customs on speedy clearing of Spanish goods

02 June 2014, 20:28

Lagos -The Spanish Government has told the Nigerian Customs Service to evolve measures that would ensure transparency and speedy clearing of Spanish goods at Nigerian ports.

Pablo Segrelles, the Chief Economic and Commercial Counsellor of the Spanish Embassy in Nigeria, made the call in an interview in Lagos.

He lamented that Spanish goods were being unduly delayed in Nigerian ports.

The envoy noted that the delays had always resulted to payment of high demurrage for Spanish goods coming into Nigeria.

“The Nigerian Customs should urgently begin to adopt flexibility and transparency in the clearing of Spanish products coming into Nigeria through the ports.

"Spanish exporters to Nigeria are complaining of delays in the clearing of their products at the ports by the customs.

“We, therefore, think that the Nigerian Customs and other relevant government agencies should do something urgent about this problem.

“A lot of Spanish companies exporting their products to Nigeria are by the day getting discouraged with the present clearing system,’’ he said.

Segrelles said that the situation was gradually making Spanish exporters to begin to shift exporting expenses to their Nigerian importers.

The envoy said that the delay in the clearing process would continue to have negative impact on Nigerian importers if something urgent was not done.

Segrelles said that the situation had forced some Nigerian importers to be looking elsewhere for means of livelihood.

He said that many Spanish investors and companies were interested in doing business in Nigeria but were being discouraged with the problem of implementation of Nigerian government's policies at the ports.

-         NAN

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