Customs extends verification of privately owned aircraft by 14 days


…Exercise bow to end on 20th July, 2021         

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has announced the extension of the verification of privately owned aircrafts in the country by fourteen (14) days, the Customs Public Relations Officer, Comptroller Joseph Attah has said.

Recall that on 31st May, 2021, the Service announced its intention to verify all Privately Owned Aircrafts in Nigeria between 7th June and 6th July, 2021.

Speaking while presenting the half year report of the Service to newsmen in Abuja yesterday, Attah noted that “at the end of the verification period, a total number of fifty-eight (58) private aircrafts owners complied.”

He pointed out that infractions discovered during the verification exercise include: breach of Temporary Importation agreement and non appropriate payment of duty and taxes.

“Interestingly, those in default have indicated interest to pay with some already commencing the process by making appropriate declarations”, he said.

The Customs spokesman informed that considering the level of response and indications for more, the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) has graciously extended the verification period for 14 days, as according to him, the exercise would now end on 20th July, 2021.

“By the end of this extended period, the Service will not hesitate to invoke appropriate sanctions as contained in the Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA) Cap C45 LFN 2004 as amended against any Private Aircraft Owner that fails to take advantage of this period to verify his or her Aircraft”, he added.

He however assured that NCS would continue to insist that all imports and export activities were done in compliance with extant laws of the land as no individual is above the law.

Photo: Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd.)

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