Core Functions

    • Collection of Revenue i.e. Import and Excise Duties and Accounting for same
    • Prevention and suppression of smuggling

Other Functions

    • Implementation of Government Fiscal Measures
    • Generation of statistical data for planning purpose
    • Trade Facilitation
    • Implementation of bilateral and multilateral agreements entered into by government
    • Collection of levies and charges
    • Collaborative functions with government Agencies including CBN, Police, NDLEA, SON, NAFDAC, FIRS, etc.
      The Service also supports the combating of:
        • Illegal commercial activities and trade in illicit goods, e.g. import of fake and sub-standard goods
        • Infraction on Intellectual Property Rights
        • Illegal international trade in endangered species
        • Illegal trade in arms and ammunition
        • Money laundering
        • Traffic of illicit drugs
        • Illegal trade in cultural Artifacts
        • Importation of pornographic materials
        • Importation of toxic and hazardous substances

Areas Of Strength

The NCS today has a workforce with professional service culture exemplified by the followings:

    • Corps of trained Customs professionals
    • Mission and Vision statements
    • Application of Risk Management System
    • Electronic declarations and payment
    • Access to information portal and single electronic point (NCS) Website
    • Real-time account and actual revenue collected
    • Adherence and strict implementation of three Customs procedures(classification, valuation and origin)essential to revenue collection
    • Implementation of Agreement on Customs Valuation (ACV)
    • Collaboration with World Customs Organization, Business and stakeholders
    • Exchange of information and intelligence
    • International best practices

Areas Requiring Immediate Government Intervention

    • Effective take-over of all Customs import and export clearance functions
    • Legislative reform to provide a basis for the application of modern Customs Procedures
    • Improved capacity building-completion of the construction of Customs Staff College
    • Streamlining of procedure with other Government Agencies
    • Review of current penalty regime lacking effective deterrents against violations of Customs Laws
    • Better funding for infrastructures as applied to modern procedure
    • Simplification and harmonization of Customs procedures
    • Reduction of items on the prohibition list
    • Just-in-time delivery of goods and services by removal of non-tariff barriers
    • Promotion of transparent and predictable business environment

Future Plans

    • Effective risk management
    • Full implementation of modern Customs procedures
    • Strengthening of Post Clearance controls and re-engineering of processes
    • Effective use of advance information system through electronic data interchange (EDI) e.g. e-manifest and Alerts
    • Elimination of archaic Customs procedures inconsistent with developments in transportation technology and business practices
    • Seamless real time transactions, paperless flows and connectivity with other stakeholders
    • Development of a single window for harmonizing and standardizing international trade information
    • Increased awareness/capacity building of stakeholders
    • More cost efficient and predictable border processing of goods and people
    • Adoption of i-border (intelligent border) solutions
    • Use of biometrics and improved baggage management at Airports
    • Hone strategic direction and use of capacity building measures to minimize the operational gaps between the Service and stakeholders
    • Developing the capacity to conduct compliance and audits at trader premises
    • Requirement of financial guarantees from all Authorized Economic Operators
    • Building a Service that has integrity and good image

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