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Nigeria Customs Service receives hard knocks for primitive cargo examination method

Management of the Nigeria Customs Service has received hard knocks for insisting on 100 percent physical examination of cargo at the nation’s, seaports, airports and border stations.

Comrade Tony NTED, a former President General of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria gave the thumbs down while speaking weekend with Shipping World. Comrade Nted wondered why after 100 years of its existence, the Nigeria Customs Service has refused to adopt globally accepted norms in the clearlance of goods.

The frontline union leader says he is at a loss as to why the Nigerian Customs Service has opted for the most primitive method of cargo examination at a time cargo clearance has gone digital. Said he : ” Why can’t the Nigerian Customs Service deploy scanners at seaports, airports and border stations to reduce the time wasting and corruption associated with physical examination? ”

The Nigerian Immigration Service and the Nigeria Customs Service, he said should share the blame for the wide scale influx of arms into the country. He described Nigerian borders as one of the most porous in the world and called for a prompt action to reverse the trend.