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ANCLA Makes Case For Management of Scanners. ………..review of  border closure for legitimate trade. 

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Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents ANLCA had called for the contraction and involvement of an experienced firms in the scanning processes, procedures and management of scanners at the ports.

This was contained in an address presented to the  Secretary to the
Government of the Federation, SGF, Mr. Boss Mustapha by the National President of ANCLA, Mr Tony Uju  when he and members of his executive visited the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF in his office in Abuja
Mr. Uju said the association was of the opinion that the firm should train Nigeria Customs Service on the operation of the scanning system with a mandate to replace the scanners every five years.
He regretted that non-functional scanning machines which led to manual and physical cargo examination in all the Nigerian Ports formations with undue turnaround time delays, exists in our port.
The ANCLA President expressed hope that this system if adopted would be more beneficial  than telling Nigeria Customs to do the procurement and operation of the scanners
In other to keep government abreast with the development in the maritime world, Mr Uju advised the Federal government to appoint a Special Aviser on maritime Affairs, adding that such appointee who may be consulted before major critical decision were taken would assist the government in avoiding mistakes that could lead to setbacks
On Government Ease of Doing Business, he said, “it’s agenda is hampared by multiple units of government regulatory and security agencies in and around the ports
After joint examination of consignments in our ports, importers and licensed agents daily face extra delays by police, standards Organisation of Nigeria and Customs under several  nomenclatures like Customs, Strike Force and federal operations Unit.
He further urged the Federal Government to urgently review the partial border closure for the benefit of legitimate importers and traders whose consignments had been trapped since August 20, 2019 when the operation started.
According to him, “Over 2,000 Trucks are trapped along the border corridors leading to and from Nigeria with goods worth billions of Naira and trucks deteriorating in immobile state along the border routes.
“We urge that government do a quick review of the situation and allow dutiable goods from our affected neighbouring countries to pay duty and come in.
“This human face approach will save many businesses from dying and ameliorate the indebtedness that many genuine businessmen and women have found themselves due to the policy”.
Mr. Uju however thanked the government for it’s interest in getting Calabar Port work optimal capacity, while advising that the contractor given the dredging work be directed to commence work  without further delay
He insisted that the dredging would go a long way to make the Port more accommodating for ships as well as reduce the pressure on some of the  ports in the country.

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