Customs summons concessionaire over equipment malfunction

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By Ifeyinwa Obi

Apparently worried about delay in trade facilitation, the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS has said that it has summoned APM Terminal in Apapa, Lagos over alleged incessant breakdown of servers and other equipment at its facilities.

Primarily, the command also announced a drop in its monthly revenue collection as it generated N24.7billion in February 2017 as against N25.9billion in January 2017 with a shortage of N1.2billion.

Operators have condemned the attitude of the concessionaire in the last two months over failure of serve and other equipment which according to them, has hampered trade facilitation.

The stakeholders at a meeting took turn to highlight some of challenges faced at APM  terminal and the Lagos Ports Complex, which in no particular order include delay in trade facilitation and server failure.

Other complaints made known to the Area Controller of Apapa Command at the meeting include: overlapping functions of security agencies at the seaport and blocking of containers by the marine police unit.

Custom Officers

But at a stakeholders meeting at the Apapa Area Command Nigeria Customs Service, the Area Controller, Comptroller, Musa Jubrin disclosed that already, management of the service had summoned the concessionaire to Abuja for first hand information about the incessant breakdown of serve at its terminal.

Comptroller Jubrin noted that it was not right for trade to be impeded at the port, adding that the issue would be resolved since the concessionaire had already been summoned to Abuja.

“We have already decided to have a similar meeting with all security agents at the ports; because we have itemised all points to be discussed at that meeting and I guarantee you that some of the points raised will be discussed.

“On the issue of APMT, we have also itemised those problem because we are in the know of some of these problems and right now, I can tell you that AP Moller have been invited to our corporate headquarters in Abuja in order to revisit some of these challenges we are having collectively and I can assure you that very soon you will start to see changes in the terminal operations.”

The Area Controller also disclosed that issue on blockage of consignment outside the ports by other security outfits would also be resolved as a meeting involving all security agencies in the seaports would hold in proffering solutions to some of the compliant poses by stakeholders.

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