The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) Seme Command urged more Nigerians to engage in legitimate export business and shun illegal trade that is posing dangers to the country’s economy.
Comptroller Mohammed Uba, the Customs Area Controller, revealed that export is free, adding that the Nigerian Government has also initiated a scheme to give legitimate exporters 30 percent value of the trade, as an incentive to motivate export.
Uba revealed that exporters are only expected to pay 0.5 percent as Nigerian export supervision scheme, which is not going to government, but meant to facilitate documentation. The comptroller, who noted that the balance of trade currently favours imports than exports, said the customs is determined to facilitate trade and encourage more exports rather than stifle it.
According to Uba, “export is free; what government needs is documentation. Government will also give you 30 percent of the value as incentive to encourage the exporters and help them in foreign exchange. The 0.5 percent charged is for facilitation of document, nothing goes to government”.
He said “Nigerians should endeavour to engage in legitimate export trade. The NCS has help desk to assist the exporter/importers. Our daily duty is to facilitate trade and not to impede trade. It is not our willingness to continue to arrest people and send them to prison. We can use our good health, intelligence and resources to do legitimate trade and contribute meaningfully to the national economy rather than engaging in illegal trade”.
Uba noted that the new boarder post at Seme is already having significant impact on regional trade and ease on the movement of people, as they only deal with single interface that unites the operations of Nigerian officials and their Seme counterpart.