Cus­toms warns agents against false dec­la­ra­tion

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The Comp­trol­ler of Area 2 Com­mand of the Nigeria Cus­toms Ser­vice, Onne, Port Har­court, Al­haji Muhammed Ma­gaji, has warned li­cenced clear­ing and for­ward­ing agents to de­sist from re­duc­ing the prices of their im­ported goods and com­ply with di­rec­tives.

Ma­gaji, who spoke at a stake­hold­ers’ fo­rum at Onne, Rivers State, said the warn­ing be­came nec­es­sary be­cause most agents were in the habit of un­der declar­ing their goods.

He said the com­mand was given a rev­enue tar­get of N120bn for the year 2014, stress­ing that such huge rev­enue could be re­alised if agents and im­porters en­sured to­tal com­pli­ance in their dec­la­ra­tion.

He said that, hence­forth, un­der declar­ing the value of im­ported goods would at­tract the full wrath of the law.

He said: “The Federal Govern­ment has given the Nigeria Cus­toms Ser­vice a whop­ping tar­get of N1.2 Tril­lion for the year 2014. Onne Port Com­mand is given a tar­get of about N120bn. We can only achieve the rev­enue tar­get through your mu­tual co­op­er­a­tion by en­sur­ing com­pli­ance in your dec­la­ra­tions.

“To­day, 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 be­tween cus­toms of­fi­cials, im­porters and their agents, as most of the deals are done on­line in the com­fort of their of­fices and homes.

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