The initiative will save the importer or exporter the time and cost of rebutting all information on their goods.
The Nigeria Custom Service (NCS) said on Tuesday that it introduced Nigeria Trade Hub, NTH, an interactive portal, to promote seamless international business transactions in the country.
The Public Relations Officer of the service, Wale Adeniyi, said in Abuja that the portal was a single window to enhance international trade processes in Nigeria.
Mr. Adeniyi said that the interactive portal would assist importers or exporters to obtain correct and timely information to enable decision making in carrying out business in the country.
He said that the project was in concert with all regulatory agencies that were involved in the management of trade in the country. He said that the portal was seamlessly linked to the Nigeria national single window ensuring that once the decision was made with import or export transaction, all selected details captured during the search would be transferred to the single window.
Mr. Adeniyi said that the initiative would save the importer or exporter the time and cost of rebutting all information on their goods.
“Now, it is basically a trade information platform whereby anybody who wishes to do either import or export business in Nigeria can visit or access the porter and get all information needed. First for customs, it helps to classify products. It is an online base portal that can be accessed by anybody, anywhere in Nigeria so long as you are on the internet. So it is an internet driven project that is why we say it represents positive development on how ICT is helping customs to serve Nigeria better and to facilitate economic development,” he said.
Mr. Adeniyi explained that for an importer or exporter to access the portal he/she needs to log on to www.nigeriatradehub.gov.ng.
“The website gives you a single window on everything needed to know about trade,” he said.
The customs spokesman said that the portal provides the importer or exporter with contact details of all organisations linked with trade in Nigeria. It also provides the importer or exporter with the searchable contact directory that would provide details of all processing agencies and other supervisory government agencies and organisations related to trade in the country.
He said that the portal had a harmonised system of goods classification that would assist and guide the importer or exporter with accurate harmonised system classification of their products to aid compliance and provides all the necessary tariff and guidelines information of the prohibition list, taxes, and duties due.
The portal also provides searchable document library of downloadable document relevant to trade in Nigeria from official publications to legal information, regulatory document and customs procedures. It also contains other tools such as customs process, centre code directory, currency converter and the link to the single window registration tool.
Mr. Adeniyi added that the single the window registration was for companies which would want to register with a single window to enable them apply online 24/7 for all import or export related permits and certificates from relevant government agencies.
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