The Nigeria Customs Service has revealed that the introduction of its non-intrusive inspection regime will help decongest the country’s ports.

He added that his new scanners would be able to handle 400 containers daily when deployed at ports and border points across the country.

This was revealed by the Deputy Comptroller General of Customs on modernization and information technology, Saidu Galadima, during an awareness meeting.

He said: “This awareness is critical to the success of the non-intrusive technology that Customs is about to launch at ports.

“The management of the NCS asked us to come and sensitize the stakeholders on the course of the operation of the new regime. The essence of the new technology is based on trade facilitation. Only compliant traders will celebrate.

“If you are sufficiently compliant, you will not have any contact with a customs officer. Cargoes will be cleared without anyone needing to go to a customs office. All activities will begin once the scanning process is complete.

“When the vessel docks, the containers will be scanned before being taken to the stacking area where the cargo declarations will begin. All scanning processes would have been completed before the officers make their declarations.”

Galadima added that the commission had trained some officers specifically for the platform. He added that scanner manufacturers have also agreed to share their technical expertise with the NCS.

He said: “On who will handle the scanners, we have qualified customs officers who will drive them.

“Although the manufacturer, under our agreement with them, will place their technical staff to oversee the operation of the scanners, which are brand new; our agents have been trained to equip these scanners.

“The scanners will scan 400 containers per day with four hours off. For each 20ft container, the scanner will spend an average of 35 seconds each scanning. For each 40ft container, the scanners will scan them for an average of 55 seconds each.

According to Galadima, the scanners have been configured in the Nigeria Integrated Customs Information System 2 platform and do not require the presence of customs clearance officers while analyzing the images.

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