By Abdulmumin Murtala
The Nigerian Customs Service has announced its intention to begin implementation of the Nigerian Integrated Customs Information System NICIS II in the inland ports of the Kano\Jigawa Zone.
This was made known in an interactive session of all stakeholders made up of Import\Export agents, Commercial Banks, CBN and the Nigerian Customs.
Speaking to Vanguard newspaper the Zonal Commander Yusuf Abba Kasim explained that NICIS II is an integration from the manual to digital platform of the clearing processes.
He added that the system will begin full operation despite issues raised by stakeholders but promised that all the grey areas identified in the implementation will be addressed accordingly.
The controller earlier in his address stated that all Customs procedures as well as import procedures will remain the same even with the implementation of NICIS II. He added that the system only seeks to protect the declarants and importers and that every declaration is monitored and protected.
Some of the points raised by participants include the fact that tedious processes of securing bonds from commercial banks be addressed and this could be possible when the CBN, Commercial Banks, Customs as well as the agents sit together to address the issues.
The Chairman of the Association of Nigerian Licenced Custom Agents ANILCA Mr Kasim Akande said the NICIS II is a new government policy which they will make efforts to see to its proper implementation.