Nigerian Customs boss introduces incentives for importers,sets up committee

LAGOS-As part of efforts to make the clearing of goods in Nigerian ports faster, simpler and convenient, the Controller General of the Nigerian Custom Service, Alhaji Dikko Abdullahi has introduced a special incentive for importers who import cargoes into Nigeria five times within a given period without any discrepancy.

Diko Customs Boss

Speaking at a sensitization and town hall meeting between the Customs Service and importers in Lagos earlier today, the Controller General explained that henceforth, “any importer or agent who imports into Nigeria five times within a given period, without any discrepancy shall henceforth enjoy fast track concession for all subsequent importations”

According to Dikko, the only thing required from importers in order to benefit from the incentive is voluntary compliance in terms of honest and accurate declaration of imported goods as well as the correct duties payable on them.

The Custom boss has also set up a joint monitoring and compliance committee, comprising of Customs, licensed agents and the importers.

Speaking, Dikko said that “the committee is to manage a new incentive system to encourage voluntary compliance on the part of importers and their agents”

The composition of the committee is made up of five representatives from the Nigerian importers, three representatives from the customs licensed agents, the Zonal Coordinator Zone ‘A’ of customs, the Comptroller of the Federal Operations Unit (FOU) and two Area Comptrollers of Customs that will be nominated by the Controller General of Customs including a gentleman of the press.

The CG directed that all further complaints by importers should be directed to the committee and the Customs Service will take it up from there.


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