Customs Seizes N1.35b Contraband Goods

Customs Seizes N1.35b Contraband Goods

By ‘Tunde Osho

Banned imports, ranging from cars, rice, bales of used cloth to used tyres, frozen chicken, containers and others – with the duty paid value of N1. 353 billion were in the month of October, 2017 seized by the Federal Operations Unit, Zone A, Ikeja of the Nigeria Customs Service.

The Controller of the Unit, Comptroller Uba Mohammed, disclosed this on Wednesday November 1 at Ikeja office of the unit while addressing the media on the seizures made in the month of October.

“The seized items, according to Mohammed, include 6,206 bags of foreign parboiled rice of 50kg each which is more than 10 trailers, 67 bales of second hand clothing, 600 cartons of foreign poultry products, 13 parcels of Indian hemp, 405 pieces of used tyre, and 54 kegs of foreign vegetable oil.

“Similarly, two containers were also seized for contravening customs law. While one of the containers carried used fridges, 270 cartons of refined sun flower oil, 55 pieces of used gas compressors, 18 packs of juice, and other assorted items as against cooking declared in the SGD, the other container was carrying 147 bales of printed wax and 168 bales of lace materials as against new electronic declared in the SGD. These containers are seized for carrying contraband and entered under false declaration in order to beat the system contrary to the customs and excise law section 147.

“He also stated that a 1×40 container suspected to be carrying prohibited goods is under detention.”

According to him, 59 assorted vehicles were evacuated from car marts in Ikoyi among which over 40 were 2017 models of Toyota Prado Jeeps, Lexus Jeeps, Toyota Hilux, Camry, Coaster Bus, Hiace bus among others.

Mohammed said the vehicles are currently under detention while awaiting relevant customs documents from the dealers within a grace period of not more than one month.