Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd.), Comptroller-General of NCS

Customs to MDAs: Only President’s imported items are duty, tax-free in Nigeria

*The Nigeria Customs Service clarifies the government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) are expected to pay import duties on vehicles or other items except where waivers, concessions are sought and granted

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Clarifying its regulatory stand on burning issues of waivers or concessions and duties, taxes relating to imports, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has said that only items the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria imports into the country are exempted from the payment of duties or taxes.

ConsumerConnect reports Mr. Timi Bomodi, Deputy National Public Relations Officer of NCS, said in a statement issued Friday, August 6, 2021, in Abuja, FCT.

Bomodi stated: “We wish to reiterate that by law, only items imported by the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, are exempted from the payment of duties or taxes.”

President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR

The statement explained that the Nigerian Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) are expected to pay duties on vehicles or other items they import into the country, except where waivers and concessions are sought and granted.

The NCS Deputy National Public Relations Officer also said: “The attention of the Nigeria Customs Service has been drawn to a trend in the activities of certain Ministries, Departments and Agencies, with regard to their import of vehicles and other equipment.

“The NCS wishes to state that except where waivers or concessions are sought and granted, all outstanding duties and taxes relating to such imports are expected to be paid in full.”

He further noted: “This applies even in situations where these imports were executed by agents or proxies on their behalf.

“The NCS is, therefore, by this notice sensitising MDAs and advising them on the need to adhere strictly with import guidelines in this regard.”

According to Customs, contractors, who import and supply such equipment or vehicles without payment of duties, would be considered liable as fraudulent importers.

“We urge them to avail themselves of our trade facilitation tools available on and offline. This is necessary to avoid embarrassments in future,” Bomodi said.

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