“The protracted delays in the issuance of
the Pre-Arrival Assessment Report (PAAR) to importers by the Nigeria Customs Service is a negation of the policy of the government on Ease of Doing Business, ” said the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI).
In a communique signed by Muda Yusuf, its Director – General, LCCI, also expressed concern over interceptions of containers on the highways by the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON).
“We called on the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, to urgently intervene to put an end to the persistent delays in the issuance of PAAR.
“This situation is contributing to cost escalation for many businesses, cargoes are delayed unduly leading to the payment of avoidable demurrage and high interest cost on borrowed funds by importers,” said LCCI.
SON, it is unprofessional intercepting containers on highways
“The LCCI is of the view that where there are outstanding charges to be paid to SON, or where there are issues about SONCAP compliance, such matters should be dealt with before the container leaves the port.
“It is unprofessional for the operatives of SON to be intercepting containers on the highways on account of some fees or charges that have not been settled by importers, ” it said.