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Customs, WCO, GIZ collaborate for rules of origin training

This marked the commencement of a 5-day workshop titled 'Rules of Origin,' co-organised by the Alliance for Trade Facilitation, GIZ, and the World Customs Organisation (WCO)...

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Customs, WCO, GIZ collaborate for rules of origin training

The Nigeria Customs Service has restated its dedication to fortifying border security and fostering trade facilitation by involving officers in a series of capacity-building workshops.

The Comptroller-General of Customs, CGC Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR, made this known on Monday, January 22, 2024, at the Nigeria Customs Command and Staff College Gwagwalada.

This marked the commencement of a 5-day workshop titled ‘Rules of Origin,’ co-organised by the Alliance for Trade Facilitation, GIZ, and the World Customs Organisation (WCO).

Represented by the Deputy Comptroller-General in charge of Tariff and Trade, DCG Abdullahi Musa, CGC Adeniyi welcomed WCO Experts visiting Nigeria to enhance officers’ expertise in trade facilitation and enable their participation in the Africa Continental Free Trade Area.

DCG Musa stated, “On behalf of the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, you are welcome to the opening session of the national workshop on the Rules of Origin, jointly sponsored by the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation, GIZ, and WCO Rules of Origin for Afri.”

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He emphasized the CGC’s commitment to collaborating with development partners for capacity building and stressed the importance of the workshop in strengthening the Nigeria Customs Service.

“So far, the Nigeria Customs Service has been designated the competent authority for issuing Certificates of Origin. Over the next five days, 25 officers will undergo intensive training on the Rules of Origin.”

“I declare this workshop open on behalf of the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service,” he added.

Customs, WCO, GIZ collaborate for rules of origin training

The lead origin expert for the WCO, Mette Azzam, hailed the training workshop as an opportunity for a great collaboration between customs administration, WCO, and GIZ.

She highlighted the increasing global significance of knowledge on Rules of Origin, especially with the proliferation of Free Trade Agreements. Azam emphasized that incorrectly determining the value of goods could lead to duty payments, albeit not as expected.

She also underscored the impact of Rules of Origin on revenue and stressed the necessity to correctly determine the preferential value of goods to avoid incorrect duty payments.

Customs, WCO, GIZ collaborate for rules of origin training

 

The Assistant Comptroller-General in charge of Strategy, Research, and Policy, ACG Ibrahim Alfa, urged participants to fully engage with the workshop’s teachings, emphasizing its significance in enhancing the Service’s efficiency in revenue generation.

ACG Alfa emphasized the importance of correctly determining the preferential value of goods to avoid erroneous duty payments.

He reiterated the workshop’s focus on promoting the Service’s efficiency in revenue generation. He encouraged participants to absorb the knowledge presented, emphasizing its relevance to the evolving landscape of international trade agreements.

The 5-day workshop is expected to empower 25 officers from the Nigeria Customs Service through intensive training, discussions, and assessments on the Rules of Origin.

As the Customs Service collaborates with international partners, the aim is to enhance officers’ expertise and contribute to successfully implementing the Africa Continental Free Trade Area.

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