FG reshuffles operations of Destination Inspection Agents
The Federal Ministry of Finance has reshuffled the operations of the destination inspection agents operating in major ports in the country.
The changes on the postings of the agents came into effect on Friday.
In letters by some banks to their customers intimating them of the changes, they said that the changes affected four operations.
Specifically, Diamond Bank said in a letter to its customers “following Destination Inspection Agents have commenced operations in the following ports and land borders since June 14, 2013:
Cotecna Destination Inspection Limited will transfer operations to Global Scansystems Limited
Grimaldi Port - PTML:
Global ScanSystems will transfer operations to Cotecna Destination Inspection Limited
Idiroko Land Border:
SGS Scanning Nigeria will transfer operations to Global Scansystems Ltd
Calabar Sea Port:
Global Scan systems will transfer operations to SGS Scanning Nigeria Limited.
All other sea, airports and land border operators will remain as they are.”
It was not immediately known why the ministry directed these changes, but analysts believe that it might not be unconnected with the need to plug loopholes by exploited by importers.
Destination Inspection Agents are ensuring that the country is not shortchanged in revenue accruals from ports. Besides, they are responsible for ensuring that goods that into the country are in accordance with the importer’s specifications on the proforma invoice.