- Collection of Revenue i.e. Import and Excise Duties and Accounting for same.
- Prevention and suppression of smuggling.
- Implementation of Government Fiscal Measures
- Generation of statistical data for planning purpose
- Trade Facilitation
- Implementation of bilateral and multilateral agreements entered into by government
- Collection of levies and charges
- Collaborative functions with government Agencies including CBN, Police, NDLEA, SON, NAFDAC, FIRS, etc.
The Service also supports the combating of:
- Illegal commercial activities and trade in illicit goods, e.g. import of fake and sub-standard goods
- Infraction on Intellectual Property Rights
- Illegal international trade in endangered species
- Illegal trade in arms and ammunition
- Money laundering
- Traffic of illicit drugs
- Illegal trade in cultural Artifacts.
- Importation of pornographic materials
- Importation of toxic and hazardous substances.
Areas Of Strength
The NCS today has a workforce with professional service culture exemplified by the followings:
- Corps of trained Customs professionals
- Mission and Vision statements
- Application of Risk Management System
- Electronic declarations and payment
- Access to information portal and single electronic point (NCS) Website
- Real-time account and actual revenue collected
- Adherence and strict implementation of three Customs procedures(classification, valuation and origin)essential to revenue collection.
- Implementation of Agreement on Customs Valuation. (ACV)
- Collaboration with World Customs Organization, Business and stakeholders.
- Exchange of information and intelligence.
- International best practices.
Areas Requiring Immediate Government Intervention
- Effective take-over of all Customs import and export clearance functions.
- Legislative reform to provide a basis for the application of modern Customs Procedures.
- Improved capacity building-completion of the construction of Customs Staff College.
- Streamlining of procedure with other Government Agencies.
- Review of current penalty regime lacking effective deterrents against violations of Customs Laws.
- Better funding for infrastructures as applied to modern procedure.
- Simplification and harmonization of Customs procedures.
- Reduction of items on the prohibition list.
- Just-in-time delivery of goods and services by removal of non-tariff barriers.
- Promotion of transparent and predictable business environment.
- Effective risk management.
- Full implementation of modern Customs procedures.
- Strengthening of Post Clearance controls and re-engineering of processes.
- Effective use of advance information system through electronic data interchange (EDI). eg. e-manifest and Alerts.
- Elimination of archaic Customs procedures inconsistent with developments in transportation technology and business practices
- Seamless real time transactions, paperless flows and connectivity with other stakeholders.
- Development of a single window for harmonizing and standardizing international trade information.
- Increased awareness/capacity building of stakeholders.
- More cost efficient and predictable border processing of goods and people.
- Adoption of i-border (intelligent border) solutions.
- Use of biometrics and improved baggage management at Airports.
- Hone strategic direction and use of capacity building measures to minimize the operational gaps between the Service and stakeholders
- Developing the capacity to conduct compliance and audits at trader premises.
- Requirement of financial guarantees from all Authorized Economic Operators.
- Building a Service that has integrity and good image.