The Nigerian Customs Service has launched a software called the Nigeria Information Customs Integrated System 11, NICIS 2, an automation platform.
The NICIS 2 platform is an improvement on the earlier automation processes such as ASYCUDA and NICIS I, but the new platform is an upgraded software specially designed to enhance seamless cargo clearance and reduce human contacts which breed extortion and corruption.
Speaking on the effectiveness of the software, the Deputy Controller of Customs and Desk Officer in charge of Ease of Doing Business, Anthony Ayalogu, said “the new NICIS 2 platform is now an internet based platform that could allow anybody in any place in the world that has an internet connection to connect with customs and do some certain processes like declaration, assessment and payment of duty. So that the other last processes, which are examination and endorsement can be done on arrival.”
He also added that “businessmen who are also outside the country or private people who need to import things to Nigeria would not need to do all this process in Nigeria, they could also do it abroad, make the payment and assessment before the arrival of the goods.That will enable goods to move speedier and faster from the port.”
“What we have before was just internet based whereby you could only communicate with the customs systems when you are within the customs’ region. So with that old system, we communicate with the banks, and some other agencies like SON and NAFDAC. But we later found out that was limited and also there were lots of problems with it, so we needed to go global,” he said