TRADING ACROSS BORDERS

Improving Trading Processes In Nigeria

The Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC), in collaboration with the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), has simplified its systems and procedures to increase the transparency and efficiency of Ports.

The Apapa port is now open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and the number of documents and processes required for border compliance during import and export have been reduced.

Reforms that have been implemented for Trading across Borders

Implementation of 24/7 operations in Apapa Port


Impact

  • Compulsory weekend operations across seaports nationwide

Implementation of 24/7 operations in Apapa Port

Reduction of number of agencies from 13 to 8

Impact

  • Increased efficiency in the import/export processes
  • Reduced processing time for importation and exportation

Automation of export processes


Impact

  • The time spent to ensure compliance to export requirements is reduced by 48 hours
  • The number of export documents required have been reduced from 10 to 7
  • Requests for pre-shipment inspection agents for inspections through the Request for Information (RFI) document for export of goods from the Apapa port can now be done electronically.
  • Upon submission of all export documents, Clean Certificate of Inspection (CCI) are now issued within 48 hours

Automation of export processes

Automation of import processes

Impact

  • The number of import documents required have been reduced from 14 to 8
  • Cargo inspections are done together as one inspection. The number of touch points for clearing agents reduced from 8 to 1, reducing the total time for clearing import cargoes by about 48 hours
  • Shipping lines are required to issue rotation numbers at most 5 days before the vessel arrives into the country
  • Shipping line manifest to the Nigerian Ports Authority and Nigerian Custom Service (NCS) to be done at most 7 days before the arrival of vessel to Nigeria
  • The automation of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) import process is integrated into the Nigeria Integrated Customs Information System (NICIS) 2
  • Pallets used for import of loose cargoes, reducing the total time spent on joint cargo inspection by the NCS and other regulatory agencies from an average of 6 hours to about an hour.

OTHER REFORM OUTCOMES

Reduced weekend demurrage costs and optimisation of working hours as a result of process efficiency

Issuance of Form M and Pre-Arrival Assessment Report (PAAR) in less than 48 hours

All duty payments and initiation of customs’ clearance process now done online

Nigeria Customs Service

Website - https://www.customs.gov.ng/

Office address - Abidjan Street, Wuse, Zone 3, Abuja, Nigeria

Email - info@customs.gov.ng

Nigerian Ports Authority

Website - www.nigerianports.gov.ng

Office address - 26/28 Marina, Lagos

Phone - +234 1 904 6001-4 / +234 1 463 7496-9

Email - info@nigerianports.org



Federal Ministry of Finance

Website - http://www.nigeria.gov.ng/index.php/2016-04-06-08-40-29/executive/149-federal-ministry-of-finance

Office address - Ahmadu Bello Way, Central Area, PMB 14, Garki Abuja, Nigeria

Phone - +234 9 234 6290

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