The Nigeria Customs Service , Apapa Area Command has made its stance known as regards compliant with trade regulations ,to importers, freight Forwarders and agents doing business within the command.
The Controller of the command, Comptroller Mohammed Abba-Kura declared that failure to follow due diligence to trade regulations will amount to facing its consequences.
Comptroller Abba-Kura who read the riot act to operators on Wednesday at the command’s headquarter when the executives of the Association of Maritime Journalists of Nigeria (AMJON) paid him a courtesy visit, maintained that failure to comply with the required regulation in the process of clearance will not be condoned.
He added that as traders and business men they are expected to have requisite knowledge of all necessary documentations and clearance procedures before venturing into their trade.
“Before you venture into anything, you must inquire what it requires. You cannot start a process and come to us and be on our neck that we must do it for you, that one will never be done.
” I will encourage facilitation of legitimate trade. Legitimate trade where all means of regulations and certifications are duly complied with.
“We have seen some Nigerians along the line who would always want to have their ways even when they have not done the right thing.
“If someone is coming to say he has a consignment that has not been cleared on time, we won’t attend to it if it is non compliant. As the documents come, I pass them to those who would work on them. We avoid delays of any kind .
“Don’t leave what you can do today for tomorrow because by doing that, you are delaying some people.
“But if there are issues that need to be cleared, they must be cleared no matter what the owner may say. For example, if there is a documentation or clearance you need to get, if you don’t have it, you must get it for us to attend to it
“If they want to call it delays because of this, we have no apologies.
Speaking further, he added that customs officers who distinguish themselves in performance on their jobs would be adequately commended.
According to him, outstanding performances would be commended and such commendation can be escalated to Headquarters of the Service for appropriate reward even as he said that erring officers would be adequately punished.
His words, “I will encourage my officers that perform in the course of doing their jobs by giving commendation letters but on the contrary, whoever that errs, I will not hesitate to punish.
“Outstanding performance will be rewarded not only in the command, we will escalate it to the Headquarters. This will enable others get motivated, ” he maintained.