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Congestion Looms At Lagos Ports Over New Trade System

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Story:  Samson Echenim

Agents to importers of goods caught up in the changeover from the Risk Assessment Report (RAR) to the Pre-Arrival Assessment Report (PAAR) have refused take advantage of a provisional release window provided for them by the Nigeria Customs Service to clear the affected goods.

About 99,000 RAR documents were caught up in the change in trade systems when the Customs took over destination inspection (cargo scanning) from concessionaire service providers at the ports last December and introduced the PAAR.

The Customs Service yesterday said it had issued an ultimatum to importers who were yet to perfect their PAAR to do so on or before Monday or risk sanctions.

The Nigeria Customs Service had in December 2013 created a ‘provisional release’ window to clear the over 99,000 RAR it inherited from the service providers following its takeover of the destination inspection regime.

It was gathered that the new PAAR issued to replace the RAR came with additional charges, making most of the importers who benefitted from the provisional release window and collected PAARs to refuse to pay the additional duty raised on their consignments.

Article Credit: Leadership newspaper

Updated 5 Years ago

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