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Lagos, Nigeria
Posted:
April 28, 2021

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Benjamin Odionye

No. *, Olusesi Street, Off Liasu Road, Ikotun-Egbe, Lagos

Phone: 070********, 080********; adl0cr@r.postjobfree.com

IMPORT SPECIALIST

Benjamin Odionye is an exceptional import/export manager with over 14 years hands-on experience, handling similar role for multinational operations. I have sound knowledge of the Nigeria Import Guidelines, Customs HS Code classification and Valuation, international trade documentation (end-to-end), from Form M creation, PAAR processing, customs duty, transportation and delivery of cargo to final destination (warehousing). I received an award from the multinational company (COTECNA S.A) for outstanding performance in Logistics.

I CAN ASSIST YOUR ORGANISATION ON:

Foreign Trade Documentation Preparation and Customs Clearance, Import & Export.

Interpretation of extant laws for importation to the country

Preparation and validation of Form M and Pre-arrival Assessment Report (PAAR)

Preparation of Mode of Payment for International trade transactions (LC, BFC, Non-valid)

Cost mitigation, Financial planning, and budget control.. etc

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

TEAM LEAD – IMPORT LOGISTICS/SUPPLY CHAIN -- NOVEMBER 2014 – TO DATE

GMT NIGERIA LIMITED – 42 BURMA ROAD, APAPA – LAGOS

Main Purpose of Job

Ensure outstanding delivery service on Import Operations at a minimum cost whilst maximizing sustainability, safety and security.

Key Outputs:

Manage all import functions of the company from pre-shipment, shipping and clearing from the ports

Ensure proper submission of customs documents required to facilitate clearing of imported cargo. When the required documents are not available, I initiate corrective actions.

Ensure opening of Form M/LC, BFC applications to import and timely issuance of PAAR

Manage customs documentation for clearing and forwarding.

Liaising with the shipping company/terminal operators on all issues with our consignments

Administering import procedures and documentations and effectively liaising with the Nigerian Customs / logistics

Managing demurrages, port charges within specified norms.

Managing seamless movement of the consignments to the destination/client warehouses.

Liaising with port authorities & customs officials, monitoring compliance to regulatory requirements (Nafdac, Son, Customs, Banks, Inspection agents etc.) and ensuring proper maintenance of requisite documents.

Coordinating with port authorities for various requirements connected to vessels handling at the ports.

Renewal of relevant licenses for the company/clients on all the imported items

Regular reporting and updates to key stakeholders across the business on all imported orders/ shipments

Ensure compliance with all procurement policy, customs, importation and financial regulation regarding importation of goods

Provide the business with market insights on new government and regulatory policy as it affects importation.

Drive continuous improvement culture and high level of employee engagement at all levels in department.

Provide leadership and guidance in the development of people to provide a strong bench for backfills.

Any other assignments that may be given from time to time by superior officers.

INTERNATIONAL TRADE SPECIALIST December 2010 to December 2013

COTECNA DESTINATION INSPECTION LTD – 10 ENGINEERING CLOSE VICTORIA ISLAND, LAGOS.

Key Outputs:

Timely preparation of import documentation and authorization of all air and sea shipments

Processing of Form M, SONCAP, NAFDAC, and other regulatory documents

Checked and verified all shipping documents for generation of Clean Report of Inspection or Risk Assessment Report (RAR)

Checked for quality and advised the Valuation and Classification Department, discrepant invoice values and H.S codes selected by Applicants.

Maintained system data requirements and ensured data integrity at all time.

Ensured the integrity or compliance of all import documents such as Bill of Lading, final invoice, CCVO, packing list

Ensured adequate follow up is maintained in transactions with all stakeholders – importers, Banks and Regulatory bodies (CBN, Ministry of Finance, Nigerian Customs, NAFDAC, SON etc)

Participated in the annual Quality Management System (QMS) Refresher courses.

Processed and issued Risk Assessment Report

Processed and validated e-form Ms on behalf of the Authorized Dealer Banks/NCS.

Served as Regulatory Officer for the organisation

VERIFICATION ORDER OFFICER January 2006 to November 2010

COTECNA DESTINATION INSPECTION LTD – 10 ENGINEERING CLOSE, VICTORIA ISLAND, LAGOS

Key Output:

Checked for completeness of all required details on documents for the processing of Form M such as Proforma Invoice (PFI), Marine Insurance, and Regulatory documents (SONCAP, NAFDAC IMPORT PERMITS etc)

Liaised with all stakeholders (importers, banks, NCS, CBN, Ministry of Finance, SON, NAFDAC etc) in all official correspondence on Import Guidance that required clarification.

Validation and registration of Forms M on Single Windows (Customs Platform)

Attended weekly operational meetings with departmental heads and logged customers complaints on RAR issued [wrong hs code applied, FOB or Freight Uplifts]

Use personal computer to enter data, draft and edit applicants’ profile

Maintained records of suppliers/clients and update company’s database accordingly

Maintained cordial relationship with all stakeholders including the shipping lines, terminals, and other inspection agencies [Global Scan etc]

Followed up with status of validated/registered RAR and update stakeholders accordingly

Achievements:

Recipient of Best Staff Award by COTECNA, 2010

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Skills Level Certification - 2019

THE INSTITUTE OF CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS OF NIGERIA (ICAN) – LAGOS, NIGERIA

Bachelor of Science ACCOUNTING - 2005

UNIVERSITY OF LAGOS – AKOKA, LAGOS, NIGERIA

WEST AFRICAN SCHOOL CERTIFICATE, 1993

ILUPEJU SECONDARY SCHOOL – ILUPEJU, LAGOS, NIGERIA

GENERAL CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION – LAGOS, 1999

CERTIFICATED TRAINING BY COTECNA DESTINATION INSPECTION LTD

CORE TECHNICAL SKILLS TRAINING IN IMPORT LOGISTICS 2010

TECHNICAL TRAINING IN HS CODE (CUSTOMS HORMONIZED SYSTEM CODE) – 2011

TRAINING IN CUSTOMER SERVICE, Facilitated by Kimberly Ryan Human Resources Ltd - 2009

MANAGING TIME AND SELF FOR MEETING TIGHT DEADLINES – 2009

QUALITY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (QMS)/BUSINESS ETHICS – ANNUAL TRAINING PROGRAMME

AWARD CATETORY:

Most Pleasant, Customer Friendly and Inter-Personal Relations Award, (COTECNA Nigeria) - 2010

INTERESTS

Travelling, Learning new things, reading, writing and listening to music.

REFERENCES

Mr. Abiodun Kareem

Key Account Manager

GMT Nigeria Ltd

42 Burma Road, Apapa, Lagos

Phone: 080*-***-****

Mr. Evans Obayayi

Import-Export Manager

Nestle Nigeria Plc

22-24 Industrial Avenue, Ilupeju, Lagos

Phone: 090*-***-****



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