The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) says it is in collaboration talks with the Customs Service of the neighbouring Republic of Benin to improve trade relations between both countries.
The Acting Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs, Mr Adewale Adeniyi, made this known on Tuesday in Abuja during a two-day working visit of the Director-General of Customs, Republic of Benin, Alain Hinkati, to Nigeria.
Adeniyi said that Hinkati’s visit was in furtherance of ongoing efforts to enhance customs administration, trade facilitation and regional cooperation.
According to him, the visit marks a significant milestone in our journey to strengthen collaboration, eliminate barriers and promote legitimate trade within the West African region.
“It is with profound gratitude that I recall our previous visit to our esteemed counterparts in Benin, where fruitful discussions and resolutions were made; forging a path towards more efficient and effective customs practices.
“Today, I am honoured to highlight some of the remarkable progress we have made since that visit, as well as the commitment to further solidify these gains.
“On promotion of ECOWAS Trade Liberalisation Scheme, the relevant department within the NCS has been entrusted with the task of reviewing the current impediments to the scheme to chart practical ways forward.
“Our objective remains to stimulate economic growth, foster regional integration and nurture prosperity among our nations,” he said.
The Acting CG said that, in collaboration with the Inspector General of the Nigeria Police, the NCS had undertaken substantial measures to reduce barriers along trade corridors.
He said that by addressing those challenges, the NCS was fostering a more conducive environment for legitimate trade to flourish.