Federal Government to improve trade facilitation at borders

The Federal Government has planned to improve the ease of doing business, as it strategizes to reduce the cumbersome checks and balances that hinder trade facilitation at the seaports, airports and borders.

This is coming as the Nigerian Customs Service, Federal Operating Unit zone ‘A’ Ikeja and the Controller General compliant team intercepted about 5,056 cartons of prohibited drugs that have Duty Paid Value of N242.6 million.

The Comptroller General of Customs, Hameed Ali, on a working visit to Lagos, said the presidential committee is working to reduce the number of protocol from about nine to below six checks.

He said investigations would unravel the importers and the involvement of customs personnel in the clearing of the consignment. The CG also said the customs would intensify its battle against smuggling and continue to prevent prohibited items from entering the Nigerian markets to safeguard the economy and health of Nigerians.

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