Maritime Stakeholders Rounds Off Workshop

Victoria Hanson
A 2 Day Maritime Sensitization Workshop ”on the Ease Of Doing Business Reforms has ended today Thursday 13th April 2017.
The workshop which commenced in Lagos on Wednesday 12th April 2017 was organized by the Comptroller General Customs, Mohammed Ali (RTD) to acquire knowledge on the new ports procedures.
Giving an overview of Ease of doing business, Dr. Jumoke Oduwole, SSA to President on Industry Trade and Investment and Secretary PEBEC, Said that the need for the workshop was to sensitize Nigerians On the ease of doing business.
She made known that Nigeria scored 44. 63 points in distance to frontier in the world bank’s doing business 2017, giving it a ranking of 169 overall, out of 190 countries.
She outlined the key objectives of The Presidential Enabling Business Environment ( PEBEC) which was set up by Mr President, Mohammadu Buhari to include, building the capacity of the agencies to deliver, strengthening thecapacities of the agencies to sustain the improvement, strong political will and determination by the government toeffect changes and improvement as well as fostering cooperation between MDAs.
DC Anthony Ayalogu who spoke on Highlights of Nigeria Customs Service Reforms on Ease Of Doing Business which is the new PEBEC Procedures On Import and Export Operations In Nigeria said that reasonds that lead to new procedure is that goods are not risk – stratified before arrival leading to inefficient movement of containers in yerd, one functional scanner across all ports, thus 24/7 scanning is not feasible, poor examination, goods are not palletised, making use of forklifts and other tools improvement, while containers are poorly packed.
On Pre Export Documentation Procedures, Ayalogu stated that manifest and preliminary selectivity be provided to terminal operation at least 48 hours before vessels bearth, so as to optimise container off loading and placement.
All containerized consignment coming into Nigeria must be palletised, used spare parts must be packed in cases and the cases must put atop pallets, chemical imports should be accompanied with a chemical analysis and the CAS Number, and also vehicular imports should have the complete 17 digits V.N inscribed on the Bill Of Lading(BOL).
All ports is to create an examination desk, Ncs examination officer is to generate an examination notice at the request of the importer, The examination notice is to be disseminated to terminal operators at least 2 hrs before examination, NCS examination Desk Officer shall generate an examination Request Alert to all the examination seat, NCS Examination Desk Officer shall within 2 hours collate examination reports and forward to the releasing officer for final release.These were the guidelines for NCS Coordination of Import examination.
In a related developments,export documentation has been reduced from 10 to 7, while import documentation has been reduced from 14 to 8.
The CGC, Mohammed Ali( RTD) who was represented by Assistant Comptroller General urged all stakeholders to comply by the rules to ensure efficiency in business transaction.

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