Customs seizes 1,608 goods
The Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘A’ Ikeja, Lagos of the Nigerian Customs service (NCS) seized 1,608 various banned goods in the first half of the year.
The goods were worth N612, 513, 600, with a payable duty of N323, 823, 327 and a duty paid value (DPV) of N936, 336, 927.
This figure represents over 50 per cent increase compared with the seizures and proceeds of a corresponding period of last year.
Some of the items mostly included but not limited to the following: rice imported through unapproved routes, foreign frozen poultry products, vegetable oil, used tyres, fridges, compressors, used vehicles, spaghetti/noodles and other general goods. In addition to the above, the Unit also apprehended a total of 111 suspects in connection with the seizures within the period.
The Controller Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘A’ Comptroller Nuhu Isa Mahmoud, said the Unit has keyed into the full automation of the NCS procedures and with a robust Assycuda section in the Unit, trade facilitation has been made easier.
The Assycuda ++ (Automated System for Customs Data) enables all Customs Commands to assess information online. This is targeted at trade facilitation.
“Our full integration and high compliance in this regard accounted for some of the remarkable results which the Unit recorded during the period,” he said, adding that there is high level coordination, synergy and collaboration with the critical stakeholders like the community residents, freight forwarders, traditional institutions, and the media.
The Controller said the Unit can boast of very rugged and fearless officers who will not be intimidated by the hostile tendencies of smugglers. “We will go extra mile to deal with the issue of smuggling in view of its adverse effect on the security and economy of the nation.
“The Unit will continue to justify the confidence which the Federal Government reposed on us. The remaining part of the year will witness a further boost in our anti-smuggling initiative.”
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