Cargo Examination: Give New Scanners Time, Customs Urge Port Stakeholders
Fred Omotara, Lagos
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Thursday urged port stakeholders to give the new scanners time to hit the ground running.
Recall that following the commencement of cargo examination via scanners at the ports in Lagos, some clearing agents have lamented that the scanners have not been able to scan the expected 400 containers on a daily basis.
The agents said that the scanners have been doing between 70 and 100 containers on a daily basis instead of the 400 containers Customs said they can handle in March 2022.
Reacting to complaints by the clearing agents, the National Spokesman of the NCS, Timi Bomodi called for calm, asking stakeholders to give the new scanners time to hit the ground running.
“These guys just started work. Can we give them space to breath first. All these complaints are totally unnecessary at this time. Nobody starts a car and pulls out in full speed. You build up speed.
“Besides, there are still other parties whose job it is to present containers for scanning. It takes time for the team to blend before hitting top speed,” the Customs National Spokesman explained.
The Customs, in March 2022 during a stakeholders meeting, had revealed that the new port scanners, when operational, can scan 400 containers on a daily basis.