The presence of multiple customs units at Nigeria’s seaports and airports have become a headache to customs agents in the country.

The agents, under the aegis of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents, ANLCA on Friday said the existence of the multiple Customs units affected smooth trade.

The National President of the Association, Mr Tony Nwabunike, made this allegation during a courtesy visit to the Zone ‘A’ of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Harvey Road, in Lagos.

He urged the service to explain the terms of reference of its Strike Force for proper identification and to forestall impersonation.

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Nwabunike, who was represented by the Vice President, Mr Kayode Farinto, also pleaded with the customs to investigate multiple alerts on cargo.

According to him, other customs commands should adopt the Tin-Can Island Customs Command’s method, called One-Stop Shop Dispute Resolution Centre Approach, where issues of value are treated by Valuation and Classification Alert.

“It is becoming worrisome as exited cargoes are recalled for duty payment, by virtually all customs units in contravention of best practices stipulated by the World Customs Organisation (WCO) guidelines on trade facilitation,” he said.

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