“PAAR still enjoys our confidence”- Customs Brokers

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Prince Olayiwola Shittu

…As ANLCA dissociates itself from PAAR Critics

The Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) has reiterated its strong belief in the reality of the Custom’s latest innovation, the Pre-Arrival Assessment Report (PAAR) as a very viable international tool of trade, stressing that the association till date, was yet to find any strong deficiency, aside from correctable human element issues, in the platform.

Front view of ANLCA's permanent National Secretariat.
Front view of ANLCA’s permanent National Secretariat.

The umbrella body of Nigeria’s freight forwarders made the statement, against the backdrop of what it described as insinuation from “mischief makers”, wishing to use the ANLCA as a pivot to buttress erroneous position that PAAR cannot work.

“ANLCA has never condemned PAAR since its inception; and we are not doing so, even now”, the ANLCA National President, Prince Olayiwola Shittu, told the Maritime First, adding that the umbrella body was already working with a team, on the need to intimate the Nigeria Customs Service, the observed areas of human element lapses, which should be timely corrected, to enable the Service dismay the insignificant fractions of arm-chair critics, who from inception, had never seen anything good about PAAR.

“ANLCA believes in PAAR, as any other international tool of trade facilitation. ANLCA is under-studying the human element in PAAR’s implementation; the result of which we will soon forward to the Customs high Command, in order to fine tune the efficiency of its implementation.

“We hereby absolve the ANLCA from the untruth being spread around by detractors, who never see anything good in anything they cannot benefit, illegally”, Shittu stated further, even as expressed concern that his association would not be able to go to Kenya, for the purpose of receiving the AME Best Customs Brokers-in-Africa Award; which incidentally the group was earning, for the second time. The World Health Organization (WHO) recently raised the alarm on Kenya, as a likely bus stop for the dreaded Ebola Virus Decease (EVD), thereby making the zone, a no-go area, for the Nigerian Customs brokers.

“The presentation for the award was slated for this month, in Kenya. And we have made adequate preparation to attend and receive the award; but we won’t again”, he indicated, explaining that the group has now begun a plan to see, if the award ceremony could be re-scheduled for South Africa, to enable the association attend and collect its cherished award.

It would be recalled that there was only the ANLCA, existing as an umbrella body and protection platform for Nigerian Customs brokers, before internal wrangling resulted in a few break-away factions.