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Luggage Worth More Than N50,000 Attract Duties – Customs Reminds Passengers

The Nigeria Customs Service has reemphasized that passengers passing
through any Nigeria international airports can only be allowed to go
through with goods or items with only N50,000 or less current market
value. Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hamid Ali (retd) This
clarification was made by the Public Relations Officer of the Service,
DC Joseph Attah on behalf of the Comptroller-General of Customs.

According to Attah, the clarification became necessary following a
“misleading narrative on the social media by a woman who claimed that
she was ill treated at the Abuja Airport by Customs on the bases of her
gender and tribe because she was asked to pay duty on a personal item
she brought into the country.

Attah said : “The attention of the
Nigeria Customs Service has been drawn to a misleading narrative by a
woman(name withheld) whose claim of being ill treated at the airport on
the bases of her gender, tribe or where she comes from is going viral on
the social media”. “The woman arrived the country aboard BA083 at
Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja had claimed that she was
singled out and slammed with Customs Duty payment for one pair of shoes
and “a mini boy bag” that should have been allowed to pass freely as
personal effects”. “There is therefore the need to make public what
actually transpired to put the record straight, especially as she
maliciously introduced gender, tribal and other unnecessary sentiments
into what was simply a case of being told to pay duty as what was in her
possession was far above the allowable value of N50,000.00 and
certainly beyond what normal discretion would allow”. “Upon routine
search of this passenger’s luggage, operatives discovered a Loius
Vuitton bag and shoe. Obviously knowing the luxury brand (Loius
Vuitton), she was asked to produce the receipt which will be the basis
for duty calculation or not. She could not produce the receipt of what
she claimed she bought at the duty free shop at the point of departure,
saying the receipt was with her husband who did not travel with her”.
“The officers had to take the long route of ascertaining the current
worth of her items through the internet. The luxury items were found to
be worth N570,467.40k.

Consequently, appropriate duty assessment
of N165, 692.25k was made and given to her to pay into Federal
Government coffer. Since she could not immediately pay, a detention
notice was given to her showing that the items would remain with the
Nigeria Customs Service until she pays and brings evidence of payment
before they will be released to her”. “Instead of paying the assessed
duty and pick up her items or request to see any superior officer should
she have any reservation on the assessed value, she took to use of the
social media drawing all sorts of conjectures, gender (even when the
officer, Ms Essien who attended to her is a lady), tribe etc and even
inciting the public against the Service…”. “For the avoidance of doubt,
we are aware that many Nigerians complain about the allowable amount of
N50,000.00, but until the law is changed, Nigeria Customs Service will
continue to enforce the extant law that says personal effects shall not
exceed the value of N50,000.00. Anything more than the approved value is
considered Merchandise in Baggage and therefore liable for duty
payment. We therefore call on members of the public to disregard these
conjectures and give assurances of our resolve to treat all Nigerians
with deserved courtesy and respect in the discharge of our statutory
functions,” he added

Source:- Vanguardngr

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Last Updated: October 28, 2019

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