The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) yesterday raised the alarm over how Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of the federal government are evading duties and taxes on vehicles and other equipment imported into the country.
Deputy national public relations officer of the service, Timi Bomodi,said, in a statement that except where waivers or concessions were sought and granted, all outstanding duties and taxes relating to such imports are expected to be paid in full.
According to him, only items imported by the President, Commander in Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is exempted from the payment of duty or taxes.
He said: “the attention of the Nigeria Customs Service has been drawn to a trend noticed in the activities of certain MDAs with regards to importation of vehicles and other equipments.
“The NCS wishes to state that except where waivers and, or concessions were sought and granted, all outstanding duties and taxes relating to such imports are expected to be paid in full. This applies even in situations where these imports were executed by agents or proxies on their behalf.”
The service deputy spokesman, however, warned that, any contractor who import on behalf of any MDAs and refuse to pay duty will be declared fraudulent importers.
“The NCS is therefore by this notice sensitising MDAs, and advising them on the need to adhere strictly with import guidelines in this regard.
“Contractors who import and supply such equipment or vehicles without payment of duties should also be aware that they will be considered liable as fraudulent importers in such circumstance.”
“We urge them to avail themselves of our trade facilitation tools available on and offline. This is necessary to avoid embarrassments in future,” he pointed out.
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