Customs to absorb AfCFTA data for easy implementation

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The Nigeria Customs Service has indicated that it would begin the implememtation of the African Continental free Trade Area agreement by integrating all data associated with the pact into its system.

The National Public Relations Officer, NCS, Mr Joseph Attah gave this indication in a statement issued on Tuesday.

Listing conditions to effect the seamless implementation of the scheme which came into effect January 1, 2021,  Attah said the service had recognised the need to “methodically harvest and integrate all data associatied with AfCFTA into our system for easy deployment, access and use by the trading public.

Attah, who spoke on behalf of the Comptoller General of NCS, Hameed Ali,(Retd) said the service will await information from the National Action Committee  on the list of duties and charges waived for liberalized goods under AfCTA; the list of the 90 per cent  liberalized National Trade Offers; The list of 70 per cent  Non-liberalized exclusive goods at the regional level and the list of three per cent  Non-Liberalized sensitive goods.

The NCS said added that it was  also expecting the appointment of a competent authority responsible for issuing and authenticating certificates of origin and registering enterprises and products within the region.

Attah recommended that each member-country that was signatory to the agreement should have a representative in the continental Chamber of Commerce to ensure transparency within the body.

 

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