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Nigeria Customs Service initiates training on harmonized system coding, Laboratories

Customs Officials Engage in Intensive Course to Enhance Trade Facilitation and Revenue Collection

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In a bid to bolster duty collection efficiency and elevate service standards, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has embarked on a comprehensive training program aimed at equipping officers with expertise in Harmonized System (HS) coding and customs laboratories.

Addressing attendees at the commencement of a five-day course held at the Nigeria Customs Command and Staff College in Abuja, Comptroller-General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR, underscored the significance of the initiative in fostering the agency’s global competitiveness and facilitating seamless trade under frameworks like the African Continental Free Trade Agreement.

Recognizing the pivotal role of customs laboratories in ensuring trade compliance and product safety, CG Adeniyi highlighted the collaborative efforts between the NCS and international partners such as the EU-WCO Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation and GIZ in realizing this strategic vision.

Representing the CG, Assistant Comptroller General Malata Yusuf emphasized the imperative for customs officers to leverage the training opportunity to navigate the complexities of global trade dynamics effectively. She urged active participation and knowledge exchange among participants to harness insights vital for NCS’s growth and operational excellence.

The training, structured in three phases encompassing intermediary, advanced, and train-the-trainers sessions, aims to empower officers with practical skills for HS classification, laboratory analysis, and customs duty assessment.

Assistant Comptroller General HJ Swomen, overseeing the Excise Free Trade Zone and Industrial Incentive Department, echoed NCS’s commitment to establishing customs laboratories, highlighting the anticipated benefits in revenue generation and security enhancement.

Expert Alvaro Fernandez, spearheading the establishment of customs labs in Nigeria, elucidated the pivotal role of these facilities in safeguarding society from illicit imports while facilitating seamless trade operations.

Assistant Comptroller of Customs Abubakar Nafiu, emphasizing the revenue potential of customs laboratories, stressed the urgency of consolidating efforts to fortify NCS’s revenue generation mechanisms and ensure trade compliance.

Trainer Konneh Gasper, elucidating the importance of HS coding, emphasized its pivotal role as the international language for commodity classification and duty collection.

In conclusion, Ms. Seno Usendia, representing the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, urged collective commitment towards mastering HS codes for effective trade facilitation and compliance enforcement.

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