Managing Cross-Border Trade: Nigeria Customs Committed to Partnerig Benin Republic Counterpart -NCS Boss

The Acting Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Bashir Adeniyi, has restated Nigeria’s readiness to cooperate with the Republic of Benin in managing cross-border trade between the two countries using technology.

He made this known recently while declaring open a two-day interactive session between the Nigeria Customs Service and Benin Republic Customs in Abuja.

The meeting expected to further strengthen the existing bilateral trade ties between the two countries, paving the way for a comprehensive mechanism to harmonize the import prohibition lists of the two countries.

Adeniyi commended the Benin Customs and the country’s Embassy for expressing interest in collaborating with the Nigeria Customs Service to enhance trade facilitation.

In his words, “The Customs administration in both countries have a very good idea and technical know-how on what it means with trade…

“Thus, we are back with a renewed enthusiasm to foster our relationship and make impact on our trade facilitation roadmap.

“It is our hope that the program will address the issues of trade and set a roadmap for implementation of new strategies that will enhance the economy and revenue in Nigeria and Benin Republic.

“Thus, our organizations need to come up with ideas that will address the issues of transit and other progressive measures.”

He further underscored the need for both customs administrations to work in synergy given the increasing global security challenges.

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