The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) says it has embarked on Time Release Study (TRS) to measure the efficiency of its trade facilitation scheme and reduce the time of cargo clearance.
Deputy Commandant, Customs Training College, Gwagwalada, Abuja, Mr Wale Adeniyi disclosed this at a workshop, organized in conjunction with World Customs Organisation (WCO), was attended by clearing agents, freight forwarders, terminal operators and government agencies operating at the ports.
Adeniyi said WCO had deployed some tools to test the efficiency of customs administration in Nigeria.
According to him, TRS is a scientific way of measuring the time it takes between the time of arrival of goods and the time of clearance.
“To do this, the Comptroller-General of Customs (CGC), Retired Col. Hameed Ali, has set up a working group comprising representatives of all stakeholders that have anything and everything to do with the clearance of goods.
“The group’s mandate is to design the scope, methodology, sampling method and how to publicise the results that will come out of the study.
“The group will also make recommendations and will implement the recommendations that will come from the study.
“The NCS is working in partnership with the World Customs Organisation that is providing technical expertise and training of working group members,” he said
Adeniyi said that the group had been able to validate the business process involved in clearance of goods and accessing online tools for conducting TRS.
He explained that the group would fix a date to design and test the questionnaire it collected from the data.
The deputy commandant said that to achieve Federal Government’s Executive Order on Ease of Doing Business at the ports, government agencies had constituted the port procedures into a single platform.
He said that both customs and terminal operators were working towards 24-hour cargo clearance to make Nigeria the hub in West and Central Africa region.