Nigeria Customs Assures Readiness On ‘Single Window’ Cargo Clearance Process By 2013
LAGOS: Even as it is currently bracing up for the commencement of the Single Window process of cargo clearance in Nigeria by the year 2013, the Nigeria Custom Service has once again appealed for the cooperation of maritime industry stakeholders in order to ensure the successful take-off of the scheme.
The service has also said that the feasibility study stage of the implementation of the single window scheme in Nigeria has just been concluded and that the scheme is now in its implementation stage where the ICT readiness of stakeholders and their cooperation needs to be ascertained.
Speaking in Lagos today at a National Single Window Conference with the theme “Achieving the Nigeria Single Window Vision-Feasibility Study Findings” Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Alhaji Inde Dikko Abdullahi said that the first phase of the process which started in April 2012 has just been concluded.
The CGC who was represented at the conference by Deputy Comptroller John Atte assured that in collaboration with relevant stakeholders, the service has started the process of building up towards the creation of a National Single Window Reeling out the benefit of the Single Window scheme, Dikko assured that it will “increase level of service efficiency, predictable process and elimination of administrative bottlenecks and ultimately increase revenue and economic growth”
“Our manufacturers, exporters, importers, terminal operators, financial houses and regulatory bodies all stand to benefit from the successful implementation of a National Single Window” he said.
Also speaking at the event and canvassing stakeholders support, Zonal Coordinator of Zone A of the customs, Assistant Comptroller Victor Gbemudu assured that the single window process will reduce human contact at the port and ensure 48hour cargo clearance process.
“I will sincerely ask you all to cue into customs single window scheme, we know 2013, the single window will come into place so we are moving ahead of times, with the single window we know there will be less body contact, process will keep running and at the end of the day we will be able to achieve the 48hour clearance which is the mandate of the government”