PAAR: Customs boss order Commands to set up dispute resolution committee

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By Godfrey Bivbere

FOLLOWING dispute between Customs clearing agents and officials of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, over the figures in Pre-Arrival Assessment Report, PAAR, issued by the Customs, the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (retd), has directed all commands to set up a Dispute Resolution Committee (DRC).

Customs CG, Hameed Ali

PAAR based dispute has led to cargoes staying longer than necessary at the ports resulting in additional charges on such cargoes. PAAR is a cargo clearance platform established by the NCS in December 2013, to enhance effective clearance procedure of imported goods within the shortest time possible at Nigerian ports.

A source in the Customs told Vanguard that the Customs boss directed all commands, especially those without such committee to constitute the committee immediately to ensure better trade facilitation.

Vanguard gathered that Tin-can Island Command was in the process to constituting its DRC last week in line with the directive of the CGC.

Acting Public Relations Officer of the NCS, Joseph Attah, said that the Customs boss discussed several issues including the setting up of a DRC at a meeting with Customs Area Controllers in Abuja last week.

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