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Customs FOU Zone ‘B’ Rakes In Over N1bn Duty Paid On Vehicles

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Comptroller, Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operation Unit (FOU), Zone B, Mohammed Sarkin-Kebbi has said that recent clampdown on car dealers importing vehicles without Customs duty has started yielding result as over N1 billon has so far been collected on vehicles duty by the zone.

Addressing newsmen on total seizures made from September to date, Sarkin-Kebbi said payment of Customs duty on vehicles may increase to N2 billion by first quarter of 2020.

He added, “Even politicians have started paying customs duty on their vehicles that have not been paid duty value”.

Customs officials had in September clamped down on car dealers in the zone and asked them to produce evidence of payment of customs duty on vehicles. Many of the car dealers, according to Customs, did not have evidence of payment on the vehicles duty, hence they were given time line to pay for the duty.

However, the Customs boss expressed satisfaction that the clampdown exercise has actually achieved its objectives.

He said, “The update on duty collection on vehicles so far stands at N1,123,438,664.  This was as a result of recent clampdown on car dealers in the zone.”

The Comptroller also said that seizures were made of goods such as second hand clothing, vegetable oil, 5143 bags of rice, among others which duty paid value stand at N430, 824, 400.00.

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