July 23, 2013

‘Customs Should Desist From Outright Seizure of Goods’ — Aniebulam

Filed under: Business — Africa Business @ 8:01 am

Dr. Boniface Aniebonam, founder of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (Nagaff), has called on the management of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) under the leadership of Dr. Dikko Inde Abdullahi to imbibe the culture of educating importers on import compliance rather than outright seizure of goods as currently practiced by the service.

In a press release made public last week, he also condemned the failure of the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) to effectively regulate freight forwarding practice in the country, saying that the situation has given birth to many quacks in the industry.

Aniebonam, while urging Senator Idris Umar, minister of transport to “step forward and implement the intendment of the Act establishing CRFFN in collaboration with critical stakeholders” also charged Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, minister of finance and coordinating minister of the economy, to “factor the informal sector group of the economy”.

He advised the NCS management and other regulatory agencies of the government to imbibe the concept of corrective measures instead of outright seizure of defaulting goods.

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