Cus­toms warns against goods de­val­u­a­tion

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Vic­tor Edozie, Port Har­court

Comp­trol­ler of Area 2 Com­mand of the Nigeria Cus­toms Ser­vice, Onne, Port Har­court, Al­haji Muhammed Ma­gaji, has warned li­censed clear­ing and for­ward­ing agents do­ing busi­ness with Cus­toms to de­sist from de­valu­ing im­ported goods and en­sure to­tal com­pli­ance in their dec­la­ra­tions.

Ma­gaji, who spoke at a stake­hold­ers’ fo­rum at Onne, Rivers State, said the warn­ing was nec­es­sary in view of the fact that most agents are in the habit of un­der-declar­ing their goods.

He said the com­mand was given a rev­enue tar­get of N120 bil­lion for this year, stress­ing that such a huge sum could only be re­alised if agents and im­porters do not de­value goods.

“The federal govern­ment has given the Nigeria Cus­toms Ser­vice a tar­get of N1.2 tril­lion for the year 2014 and Onne port com­mand was given a tar­get of about N120 bil­lion.

We can only meet the tar­get through co­op­er­a­tion.

The in­ven­tion of Pre-Ar­rival As­sess­ment Re­port (PAAR) which re­placed the Risk As­sess­ment Re­port has gone a long way in fa­cil­i­tat­ing trade.

The PAAR has also re­duced phys­i­cal in­ter­ac­tion among Cus­toms of­fi­cials, im­porters and their agents, as most of the deals are car­ried out on­line in the com­fort of their of­fices and homes.

The Ser­vice has also come up with a trade hub, which al­lows stake­hold­ers in the im­por­ta­tion busi­ness ac­cess in­for­ma­tion. It also guides them on the rules and reg­u­la­tions of im­port tar­iffs and other re­quire­ments,” he said.

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