Ease of Doing Business: Customs introduces Webb Tracker Mobile App

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The Federal Government’s policy on ease of doing business receives a major boost as the Nigeria Customs Service is set to introduce Webb Tracker mobile Application and a simplified standard operating procedure for the use of scanners.

Comptroller Joseph Attah, National Public Relations Officer, Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) who disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Thursday said that the mobile app would enable any person that had access to the NICIS II to remotely validate any declaration or payment and more importantly the status of a particular consignment or vehicle.

Attah noted that with this innovation, motorists and owners of other imported goods no longer had to wait for long period of time for field operatives to confirm the validity of their documents before letting them go.

He revealed that this mobile app which could be installed in mobile devices like phones, tablets among other gadgets enables the use of the vehicle identification number to upload data concerning the type, make and model of all vehicles at the point of making declaration with a view to assigning value for the payment of appropriate Customs duty.

According to him, “On the road, field operatives using this mobile application will be able to in real-time, validate any Customs declaration using the vehicle identification number (VIN) and the Customs control numbers to ascertain the correct status of vehicles and other containerized goods released or in transit.

“This, apart from removing acrimonies associated with enforcement activities on the highways will robustly facilitate free flow of compliant trade while checking illegal imports.”

He further disclosed that the simplified standard operating procedure provided clear guidelines on the usage of scanners at all entry and exit points in Nigeria.

The steps, according to him, are: all containers are pre-scanned as soon a they are discharged from vessel.
Declaration, assessment and payment is made by the declarant.NICIS II Risk Engine allocates scanned containers to designated Image Analyst.

“For compliant containers: Compliant Containers are released from Customs Control.Released Container is acknowledged and exited through the gate.

“For non-compliant containers: At the end of each day, a list of suspected containers is forwarded to the Terminal Operator. Terminal Operator positions them for physical examination on the request of the Declarant. Officers on Recheck duty examine the suspected containers.
Examination is submitted to the Scanner Manager for further action.
Released container is acknowledged and exited through the Gate.

“While giving approval for the launch and implementation of these innovative trade facilitation tools, the CGC, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) expressed the hope that these tools will eliminate incumbrances being currently experienced by international trade actors in Nigeria.

“He calls on stakeholders to support the Service in its drive to deliver customs best practices to the nation”, Attah said.

Photo: Mr. Joseph Attah, Customs Public Relations Officer.

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