19 Agencies At Port Connect to NCIS
Written by Stella Williams
Trade facilitation in Nigeria has been given a boost, as 19 government agencies are currently linked to the Nigeria Customs Information System (NCIS). Powered by Web Fontaine, the NCIS is an upgrade of the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) which allows businesses to be transacted electronically.
20 other agencies are making efforts to get connected to the system.
Managing Director of Web Fontaine, Muktar Ahmed, said that the modernization process of the NCS has made it possible for the agencies to be connected to the service.
Ahmed explained that the inter-connectivity of other agencies to the information technology of the Customs service has also assisted importers to take quick delivery of their cargoes, adding that the essence of the modernization project was to facilitate trade.
The NCIS, according to him, will assist importers in doing their businesses electronically, a function the ASYCUDA system could not do.
Some of the agencies inter-connected to the Customs system include the Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), the Nigerian Ports Authority, (NPA), The National Bureau of Statistics and the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA). Some others are the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Presidency.