Nigeria Customs Service, Area Controller, Kirikiri Lighter Terminal, Comptroller Lami Wushishi, has urged importers and agents to be truthful and transparent with their declarations to ensure a seamless service delivery and reduce the delay in cargoes clearing. as the agency is operating 24 hour Port service.
The agency which is operating 24 hour Port Service, gave this advice in Lagos, after parading a 40-foot container that was seized and handed over to officials of the Department of State Security (DSS), at one of its terminals, Port Express, over false declaration. The container with number ECMU 9239436, which originated from China, was laden with assorted military apparels.
“Due to the security nature we have in the country, such a consignment should not come in. Moreover, army uniforms are exempted from payment of duty under schedule two of items exempted from duty payment. So, it beats our imagination why would they conceal army uniform in this container if they don’t have an ulterior motive.
In order to ensure smuggling of prohibited items do not find their way into the country, as this is inimical to the economy, Wushishi assured that the Command would continue to enforce compliance with federal government’s fiscal policies, ensure trade facilitation, and maintain good inter-agency relationships with other sister agencies.
With a monthly revenue target of N800million, Wushishi said the Command has been meeting up, and even surpassed its targets since the beginning of the year.