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Nigeria Customs explains delay in processing of Form ‘M’

The Nigeria Customs Service
(NCS) has explained
that reasons for the current
delay in the approval of Form ‘M’ as well as the issuance of Pre-Arrival
Assessment Reports (PAAR) at the PAAR Ruling Centre is in the interest of

National Spokesman of the Service
, Mr. Joseph Attah, in a
statement explained
that: “the delay being
experienced in the process of Form ‘M’ and PAAR now is due to internal auditing
of Fast-Track beneficiaries, which hitherto made up 20% in order to fish out
the non-compliant beneficiaries.
“NCS has now put in place
modalities to identify this group of beneficiaries with a bid to removing them
from the scheme while compliant ones continue to enjoy the fast track
According to the statement,
the normal speed in process will be restored immediately the backlog
accumulated due to this intervention is cleared from the system.
The statement recalled that
the timelines for approval of Form ‘M’ and issuance of PAAR were approved by
the Customs Comptroller-General, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) in April 2018.
“The approval allocated a
maximum of 24 hours process time for Form ‘M’ and the issuance of PAAR after
the upload of all relevant documents from the duty collecting banks.
“Nigeria Customs Service
will continue to uphold the timelines and facilitate the timely process of all
Imports and Exports in line with Federal Government effort to make Nigeria an
investment destination.
“While craving the
understanding of our dear stakeholders in the on-going effort to clean the
system, please be assured of the Service determination to make Import and
Export processes even better,” the service added

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