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Everything You Need to Know about Nigerian Custom Service 2021

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Many have been hearing of the Nigerian Custom Service, yet they do not know what this agency is all about. Nigeria Customs Service is a reference and model administration with excellence in providing effective and efficient service to accomplish all dimensions of its mission.

Are you interested in this agency yet you don’t know what it is all about? If yes, read through this article carefully to have full information about Nigerian customs service.

Everything You Need to Know About Nigerian Custom Service 2021

What is now known as the Nigeria Customs Service – a paramilitary organization, could be said to have been established a little over a century ago when the British Colonial administration appointed Mr. T. A. Wall, in 1891, as the Director-General of Customs for the collection of inland Revenue in Niger Coast Protectorate.

This is the formalization of the duties which the Department had been performing under the Royal Niger Company under the leadership of the past Chief Executives.

The name Department of Customs and Excise emerged in 1922 when the first Comptroller of Customs and Excise, Federation of Nigeria was appointed.

However, towards the end of 1945, the Customs and Excise Preventive service was established under the leadership of Mr. Nicol – a Briton.

This was made up of two divisions – Maritime and Preventive. The maritime Division has the responsibility of collecting import and excise duties and other related functions while the Preventive Division was responsible for enforcement duties which included prevention of smuggling as well as arrest and prosecution of smugglers.

What are the Responsibilities of the Service?

At its coming into being in 1891, Nigeria Customs Service was saddled with the responsibilities of revenue collection, accounting for same and anti-smuggling activities.

Also, today trade facilitation has become a fundamental role, progressively seen by the government as an important element of economic policy, with Customs having a unique position within the hub of the international supply chain of goods and services.

Consequently, one of the challenges to Nigeria Customs Service is the proactive management of the seeming contradictory role of ensuring improvements in speedy delivery of services, while maintaining systematic and effective intervention controls, necessary to meet the demands of complex and growing international trade.

Characterized in recent times by economic crime, money laundering, the menace of terrorism, threatening weapons of mass destruction, violation of intellectual property rights, and dumping of toxic and hazardous substances.

It is apparent, therefore, that Nigeria Customs Service that has for long been a steward of the nation’s trade and border management is not only under pressure like never before but now has an enlarged role to perform at the highest levels, to facilitate legitimate trade in a global environment harboring a litany of threats.

Nigeria Customs Service has the mission to provide services in ways that maximize efficiency and promote trade competitiveness wherein declarations are promptly processed.

About Nigerian Custom Service 2021

Nigerian Custom Service Mission

  • Nigeria Customs Service is a reference and model administration with excellence in providing effective and efficient service to accomplish all dimensions of its mission.
  • That the Service is a modern, compact, and dynamic Service that influences policy and contributes to Nigeria’s development.
  • That the Service is recognized as being in the vanguard of Customs best practices and international standards.

Nigerian Custom Service Vision

  • To excel in the efficient and timely collection of and accounting for revenue.
  • Implementation of and advise on Governmental trade and fiscal policies.
  • Promotion of trade facilitation
  • Protection of Nigerian society, generation of accurate and precise statistical data by developing a professional, transparent administration that implements international best practices and obligations.

Functions of the Service

Core Functions

Other Functions

  • Implementation of Government Fiscal Measures
  • Generation of statistical data for planning purpose
  • Trade Facilitation
  • Implementation of bilateral and multilateral agreements entered into by the 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
  • The traffic of illicit drugs
  • Illegal trade in cultural Artifacts
  • Importation of pornographic materials
  • Importation of toxic and hazardous substances

Nigerian Custom Service 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 the World Customs Organization, Business, and stakeholders
  • Exchange of information and intelligence
  • International best practices
About Nigerian Custom Service 2021

Areas Requiring Immediate 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 the 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 the 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 the transparent and predictable business environment

Nigerian Custom Service Future Plans

  • Effective risk management
  • Full implementation of modern Customs procedures
  • Strengthening of Post Clearance controls and re-engineering of processes
  • Effective use of advanced information system through electronic data interchange (EDI) e.g. 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
  • The requirement of financial guarantees from all Authorized Economic Operators
  • Building a Service that has integrity and a good image

Nigeria Customs Services Organization Structure

The Nigeria Customs Service is headed by the Comptroller-General and assisted by six (6) Deputy Comptrollers-Generals heading the departments as follows:

Nigerian Custom Service Headquarters

Nigeria Customs Service Headquarters

Abidjan Street, Wuse,

P.M.B. 26,

Zone 3,

Abuja – FCT


Tel: 09 5234694

Fax: 09 5234694


[email protected]

[email protected]



Nigerian Custom Service Mandates

We have been mandated to:

  • Intercept contraband such as illegal drugs and weapons
  • Check travelers and their baggage, cargo, and mail; assess and collect Customs duties and other taxes on Goods and Services
  • Protect businesses against illegal trade malpractices
  • Enforce import and export restriction and prohibitions
  • Collect accurate import and export data for economic statistical usage and planning
  • As Nigerian gatekeepers, we use intelligence and risk assessment to target our physical checks on containers, vessels, or travelers. We also conduct investigations and audits and prosecute offenders.
  • We work closely with other Government agencies in accomplishing the collective aim of developing our great country – Nigeria

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