NPA, Customs seek the establishment of Single Window Platforms
Speaking during a courtesy visit to the Comptroller General of Customs, Col Hameed Ali (Rtd) in Abuja Thursday, the Managing Director, NPA, Ms Hadiza Balla Usman has revealed that the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and the Nigerian Customs Service ( NCS) are embarking on the establishment of Single Window (SW) platform through an intense automation and introduction of Standard Operative Procedure ( SOP) at ports.
According to Hadiza, the programme will increase trade facilitation and growth. She said, "The goal of trade facilitation is to help trade across borders, import and export faster, cheaper and more predictable while ensuring its safety and security. Trade facilitation focuses on simplifying and harmonizing formalities, procedures and the related exchange of information and documents between the various partners in a supply chain.”
The Comptroller General of Customs, Col Hameed Ali (Rtd) said he would do everything possible in promoting the trade facilitation programme of the government through collaboration with sister agencies and robust initiatives to promote business at ports.
The Comptroller-General also promised to collaborate with the NPA to rejuvenate port operation and port security committees and ensure that the meetings are attended by senior officials of all the affected agencies and take responsibilities.