More than 40 Nigerian customs officers learned standard operating procedures under the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) at a two-day workshop in the country’s commercial capital, Lagos.
During the August 3-4 workshop, Trade Hub-hired U.S. customs lawyer Ms. Jan Forest and Senior AGOA Specialist Dr. Mohamed Abou iiana explained step-by-step procedures for compliance with U.S. customs. Customs officers also learned about AGOA requirement, certificates of origin for non-textile exports, certificate of origin for textiles, and the AGOA visa stamp.
“After this workshop, we hope you will assist Nigerian exporters to check little things like the number packages corresponding with the invoice and also clearly marking the shipment with the country of origin,” Ms. Forest told participants.
The commander of the Nigeria Customs Training College, Comptroller Tukura said Nigerian customs officers need to learn AGOA procedures and documentation: “The skills we have acquired will enable us to assist exporters to do the right thing when exporting.”
In a speech read on his behalf, Colonel Hamid Ali (Rtd), Comptroller General of Customs, expressed gratitude to the Trade Hub for the training and hoped for “continuous cooperation between the Nigerian Customs and the Trade Hub.”