Customs imposes 25% penalty levy on all detained vehicles


The Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd.) has directed that henceforth, all vehicles detained or subject to detention should be allowed to pay correct and complete customs duty with the 25% penalty levy.

This was contained in a circular dated 2nd October, 2019, signed by Assistant Comptroller General (Headquarters), AOB Fatade on behalf of the Comptroller General of Customs and addressed to all Deputy Comptroller Generals, all Assistant Comptroller Generals, All Zonal Coordinators, Commandant NCCSC Gwagwalada, all Area Controllers/FOUs, Commandants CTC Ikeja & Kano and all Unit Heads.

The circular however noted that all vehicles seized and taken into customs custody (condemned by competent court of jurisdiction in accordance with the provision of Section 167 of the Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA) Cap C45 LFN 2004) should not enjoy the privilege consented above.

“Consequently, it shall attract the penalty prescribed in Section 167 referred thereto”, it said.

“You are to report action to Headquarters on weekly basis.  Treat as most urgent and ensure strict compliance, please”, the circular added.

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