Story by Dili Utomi.
The dynamics in modern businesses particularly in the freight forwarding corner of the maritime sector and the need to keep up with the speed, intensity and volume of change have necessitated an advice by the well meaning public relations officer of the Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agent (ANLCA), Tin Can Island Branch, Onome Joy Monije.
In an exclusive chat with this medium and following the memo released by the Customs Area Controller of the Tin Can Island Command of the Nigeria Customs Service, Comptroller Oloyede A.A.S, Ms. Monije said that “There are some things we have to note as we plan for Christmas, the world is a global village and our procedure or modus operandi with the custom, shipping companies and terminal operators are going digital, there is a phasing out of the manual processes of operation. We all have to key into it all and align with the new trend, ignorance they say is not an excuse in any court of law and knowledge they also say is key.
The memo released on the first of December by the CAC of the Tin Can Island Command spoke about the approval given by the Controller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd.) on the code 846 automated application used for the processing of the Non-Standard Vehicle Identification Number and which the Tin Can Island Port has been used as the pilot site and with the additional effort of training and sensitisation of stakeholders on the use of the application between the 28th of November and the 1st of December.
The memo had also advised that for the use of the code 846 for the clearance of the Non-Standard Vehicle Identification Number within the Tin Can Island Port, that everyone should visit the www.846.nigeriatradehub.gov.ng as from the 5th of December and that no manual processing of applications would be accepted henceforth and that strict compliance to this order should be applied.
Ms. Monije also highlighted a few areas where she thinks that freight forwarders should pay certain attentions to in order to make their business smoother as we enter the yuletide season. The advice includes but not limited to the renewal of expired or expiring licenses, rent renewal, acquisition of such assets as generators as back ups to the epileptic power supply within the area, acquisition of digital equipment such as laptops, printers, photocopying machines and fast internet connection for easy processing of documents. She noted that as the Customs is trying to phase out the manual aspects of documentation, it has become imperative that every freight forwarder adapts to the changing needs of the profession and within a certain time in order not to lag behind while interfacing with all the stakeholders that one has to deal with in the process of documentation and clearing of cargoes.
The PRO added that ” At TICT, you can rate your invoice debit, you can pay, you can print receipt, you can even validate your Terminal Delivefy Order online and with the Maersk line too. So from next year and with most of the shipping companies, you will be getting your Delivery Order through your email, so you need to have a working functioning email, let your email be official, so that wherever you are, you would be able to handle your job without issues”. She also advised freight forwarders to get their staff members to be acquainted with the whole processes for seamless operation.
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