Lagos - The Nigeria Customs Service has commenced the assessment of customs duty and other charges on textile materials currently in detention in Kano.
A Special Task Force comprising operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service and the Economic and Financial Crime Commission is coordinating the exercise that is expected to raise N10 billion revenue into Government coffers.
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Comptroller-General of Customs, Dikko Inde Abdullahi, gave the directive to collect duty on the textile products following consultations with the Federal Government and importers of the items.
Wale Adeniyi, Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Customs Service, said the imported items were currently discharged in warehouses sealed by the Nigeria Customs Service in various areas of Kano metropolis.
In the first warehouse opened for the exercise, 14 importers turned up for assessment and duty payment for their textile items valued at about N1,5 billion in the first week .The importers were expected to pay a combined import duty of N373 million.
The assessment also showed that the goods are liable to some charges and levies.
The assessed items include 20 878 bales of printed African fabrics, 21 980 bales of high grade brocade materials, 6 127 bales of Lace materials ,554 bales of polyester materials and 30 rolls of curtail materials.
Adeniyi pointed out that the Comptroller-General of Customs' decision to allow the importers of the detained goods pay duty is based on recent fiscal policy review removing textile fabrics from import prohibition list .
The move is also expected to shore up Government revenue, which has witnessed a downturn in recent times, Adeniyi added.
Last month, 75 warehouses of assorted textile materials were sealed up in Kano by Customs anti-smuggling operatives , following months of undercover operations and activation of local and international intelligence networks.
Foreign nationals operated the warehouses using a handful of Nigerians as their guarantors.
In view of the organized nature of the smuggling syndicate, the Comptroller-General of Customs, Dikko Inde Abdullahi has called for closer inter-agency collaboration to curb the excesses of foreign economic saboteurs who break our laws with impunity, Adeniyi said.
- CAJ News