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Regional Integration: Nigeria Customs, Benin Republic Settle For Single Entry Declaration Form

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The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), says Nigeria and Benin Republic have agreed to have a single entry declaration form for both countries to be used for border crossing.
 
Cablenews24 reports that the Kebbi Area Controller of NCS, Mr Iheanacho Earnest-Ojike, made the disclosure shortly after a meeting between the NCS and representatives of the Benin Republic.
 
This Online News garthered that the meeting, which was a closed door, was held at Anguwar Sule Wara a border town in Benin Republic on Sunday.
 
 
Briefing Newsmen on the outcome of the meeting, Earnest-Ojike, recalled that on May 21, a maiden meeting between Foreign Ministers of Nigeria and
 
 Benin Republic which dwelled on bilateral talks on improving the free flow of trade and commerce between the two nations was held.
 
”The meeting aimed at bringing the border crossing between Tsamiya in Nigeria and Anguwar Sule Wata in Benin Republic back to life through infrastructural development in line with the renewed hope initiative of President Bola Tinubu.
 
 
“The meeting was also to strengthen social and economic interaction as well as expand trade and commerce between the citizens of the two countries,” he said.
 
According to him, the meeting is a continuation and a final agreement to the previous one, “as we have now agreed to have a single entry declaration form that citizens of both countries will use for border crossing.
 
“Both countries are signatories to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and World Customs Organisation (WCO), which have the principles of border post,” he said.
 
 
Earnest-Ojike added that the two countries would establish a joint border agency inspection for goods and persons, saying, “It is going to be a one-stop border post at the Segbana border.”
 
The controller expressed optimism that the agreement reached would advance the course of regional integration between Nigeria and Benin Republic.
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