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IN line with technological developments Shipping Companies and Licensed Customs Agents have been called upon to link up with Nigeria Customs Service [NCS] Automated Systems of Customs Data Plus Plus [ASYCUDA++], the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria has said.

Speaking at the just concluded Comptroller General Conference held in Katsina President of the Association Chief Kola Jamodu said any shipping company or License Custom Agent who fails to comply with the digitalization process should not be allowed to operate in the ports.

He also called for updating of all obsolete maritime laws by Federal Ministry of Transports and Justice in collaboration with National Assembly.

As NPA donates relief materials to flood victims

CONSIDERING the criticism that greeted the hurried implementation process of trade transaction the Nigeria Customs Service has towed the path of consultation with stakeholders preparatory to heralding re-introduction of the scheme next year.

Some of the critical stakeholders in the National Single Window are Standard Organization of Nigeria [SON] National Agency for Food and Drug Administration [NAFDAC], designated Commercial Banks, Central Bank of Nigeria [CBN], National Quarantine Service [NAQS], National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency [NESREA], Nigeria Customs Service, Importers, Exporters and Agents.

Maersk A.P. - Maersk has turned in what Group Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Nils S. Andersen, terms "a good result" for the third quarter,  in spite of the challenging economic environment.

Andersen said: "Thanks to our rate initiatives and cost reductions, Maersk Line is back in black figures year-to-date, and the high oil price supports a satisfactory result for Maersk Oil. We are expanding our terminals network in Latin America, Russia and other growth markets and expect our strategic initiatives to support both our returns and earnings stability as we move forward." 

AS the December 31, 2012 deadline for expiration of contract between service providers and   Federal government draws nearer, one of the service providers, Global Scansystems Nigeria Limited has called for extension of the contract on the premise that there is a skill gap in the Nigeria Customs Service.

The call for extension of the contract coincided with claim of Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service [NCS]AlhajiAbdullahiDikkoIndethat the service is prepared to take over from the service providersby  end of this year.

APM Terminals and its consortium partners have announced plans to develop a new greenfield mega-port project and Free Trade Zone at Badagry in Nigeria's Lagos State, 55 km west of Apapa and the Port of Lagos on the Benin-Lagos Expressway.

At full build-out, the deep-water full-service port will be one of the largest in Africa with 7 km of quay and 1,000 hectares (2,470 acres) of dedicated yard, and will include state-of the art facilities for container, bulk, liquid bulk, Ro/Ro and general cargo as well as oil and gas operations support and a barge terminal.

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