By Chinonye Anyatonwu.
The Federal Operations Unit (FOU) of the Nigeria Customs Service (NSC) ), Zone ‘A’ Lagos, has reported that the unit raised and collected a Debit Note (DN) worth about N17b from wrong classification of goods by importers between January and June, 2020.
The command listed seized items during the period under review which includes, vehicles, pharmaceuticals, textile materials, foreign parboiled rice, tomato paste, second – hand clothing among others. The debt were raised on importers who under declared their cargoes for lesser customs duty.
The customs Area Acting Controller of the command, DC Usman Yahaya said N15.6b was generated from contraband seized from smugglers, while N1.4b was raised from wrong classification, transfer of value and false declaration of cargoes.
He disclosed that the total duty paid value ofN15.6bn was realized on seized contraband while N1.3bn revenue was generated from the unit interventions arising from wrong classifications, transfer of value and false declarations by importers, so a total of N17b was recovered for the Federal Government in the period under review.”
A truck load of textile materials worth N565million imported from Benin Republic to Nigeria was also revealed to have been intercepted by the unit.
He went on, “A quick glance at our spectacular seizures report from January 7, 2020 shows that 64 exotic vehicles including two bullet proofs, 18,760 bags of foreign parboiled rice valued at N469million, 1,338kg of Indian Hemp N201million, and 147 sacks (9,504kg) of Pangolin scales worth N10.4bn .
“Others are 3.059 cartons of tomato paste, 10,653 cartons of frozen poultry products, 5,423 kegs of 25litres each of vegetable oil, 56.472 bundles of printed Textiles valued at N565 million, 66 packs of Tramadol, 872 bales of second hand clothing worth N177 million,” he added.
According to Compt. Yahaya, the unit also intercepted 5,423 kegs of vegetable oil valued at #87 million, 7,549 Jerry cans of petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS) valued atN27 million, five containers load of pharmaceutical valued at N2.9b, 64 units of motorcycles used for smuggling valued at N565 million, among others.
He expressed strong displeasure on activities of smugglers, warning them to embrace legitimate business, as the unit is ready to frustrate them out of illegal business.