Benin Republic Customs partners Nigerian Customs Service to facilitate trade
By Okezie Nnadi
The Nigerian Customs Service is partnering the Republic of Benin Customs Administration to manage cross-border trade between the two countries.
Ag. Comptroller-General of Customs Bashir Adewale Adeniyi made this known on Monday while declaring open a two-day interactive session between Nigeria Customs Service and Benin Republic Customs in Abuja.
The interactive session was aimed at strengthening existing bilateral trade ties and cooperation between the two countries, which will pave way for a comprehensive mechanism to harmonize the import prohibition lists of the two countries.
Speaking at the meeting, the Ag. CGC appreciated the Benin Customs and Embassy of the country for expressing interest in collaborating with the Nigeria Customs Service to enhance trade facilitation.
He said, “It is our hope that the program will address the issues of trade and set a roadmap for implementation of new strategies that will enhance the economy and revenue in Nigeria and Benin Republic. Thus, our organizations need to come up with ideas that will address the issues of transit and other progressive measures.”
The Ag. CGC added that with the increasing global security challenges, the need for both customs administrations to work in synergy cannot be over-emphasized.
His words: “This mutual collaboration will help boost our relationship and also improve the economy of both two nations.”