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Customs clears importers of non-payment of import duties

By Godwin Oritse

Lagos—THE Tin-Can Island Command of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, has debunked allegations that importers have formed the habit of not paying duties on their goods, saying such practice does not exist in the Command.

There have been reports of alleged movement of goods out of the ports without import duty payment, which is often done by clearing agents in connivance with Customs officers.

Comptroller of the Command, Yusuf Bashar challenged anyone with a proof of such practice under his watch to come forward.

A fully loaded truck in one of the inland dry ports in the sub-region, will be delayed, harassed for bribes by the numerous security agents along the region’s transport corridor before it gets to its destination.

In a statement by the Command’s spokesman, Uche Ejesieme, the Comptroller reiterated his readiness to address issues militating against maximum collection of government revenue in the port.

Bashar said the NCS has devised mechanism to curb such infractions and sharp practices while it continuously improves on its service delivery in line with global best practice.

The statement read: “It is instructive to note and pertinent to reiterate for the avoidance of doubt that the various reforms being instituted have the tendency of checking all manner of sharp practices in the Port.”

“This is a new order and a new dispensation, whereby the Service cannot afford to renege on its statutory responsibilities irrespective of circumstance. The issue of compromise in whatever form cannot be contemplated.”


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