The Customs Area Comptroller (CAC), Tin-Can Island Command, Lagos, Comptroller Yusuf Bahar, has urged Licensed Customs agents to focus more on exportation to support the Federal Government in diversifying the economy.
Bashar made the plea in interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos.
The Customs boss spoke on the sideline of a visit by executive members of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), Tin-Can Chapter to his office.
He said that for instance, if the agents export some fruits to countries like Singapore and others, they would not pay levies and duties on such goods.
Bashar advised Customs agents not to rely on only imported goods to boost their operation and attract more customers across the country.
He urged the national body of the association (ANLCA) to sponsor some members to Singapore in order to be enlightened on how to package products to other countries.
Bahsar noted that the Customs agents should also learn about other procedures which would impact on their operations.
“Customs will do a lot of capacity building; maximum of 30 in a class, where all the stakeholders operating in the ports will participate to close the communication gap..
“The engagement is to reduce the time of doing business and to get more revenue for government, ‘’ Bashar told NAN.
He urged the Customs agents to feel free to visit any Customs office in Tin-Can Island Command whenever their members are facing any challenge that has to do with Customs procedures.
Bashar said that there was need for clearing agents to engage in honest declaration, while processing their documents to avoid demurrage by shipping companies.
He advised the executives of the association to work hard in order to leave a good legacy for incoming executives.
Bashar said that there were so many maritime potential yet to be tapped by clearing agents and urged them to improve on their education.
The newly-elected Chairman of ANCLA, Tin-Can Chapter, Mr Segun Oduntan, pledged to support service to meet the revenue target set for the service.
Oduntan said that the present national executives of the association had been taking members to other countries to learn about their operations.
He said that such exposures had added tremendous improvements to their profession.
“We also seek your cooperation to enable us have smooth operation to support the government in making Nigerian ports the ports of destination, ‘’ Oduntan said.