Customs to generate N10 bn from detained Kano textiles

The CGC, Dikko Abdullahi

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has commenced assessment of Customs duty and other charges on textile materials currently in detention in Kano.

The NCS is expected to realise the sum of  N10 billion from the goods which was jointly carried out by a Special Task Force comprising operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service  and the Economic and  
Financial Crime Commission(EFCC). 

The directive to collect duty on the textile products was given by the Comptroller-General of Customs, Dikko  Abdullahi, following consultations with the Federal Government and importers of the items. 
 
The imported items are currently discharged in warehouses sealed by the Nigeria Customs Service in various areas of Kano metropolis.

According to a statement signed by the National Public Relations Officer of the service, Mr Wale Adeniyi, the first warehouse opened for the  exercise,  14 importers turned up for assessment and duty payment for their textile items valued at about N1.5billion in the first week .The importers were expected to  

pay a combined import duty of N373, 307, 242.16.   
                                      
The assessment also show that the goods are liable to the following additional charges:
N26,569,253.73 for 7% surcharge; N14,243,212.64 for 1% CISS levy;N6,767,022.49 for 0.5% ETLS levy
; N59,154,231.65 for Textile levy N95,527,905.15 for Value Added Tax.

Total revenue payable on the first set of assessment stands at five hundred and seventy-six million, one hundred and sixty -one  thousand, three hundred and sixty-nine Naira,  Seventeen kobo only with another set of assessment worth over Six hundred million Naira  is pending on the outstanding textiles in the same  

warehouse.

The assessed items include 20,878 bales of printed African fabrics, 21,980 bales of high grade brocade materials,  6,127 bales of Lace materials , 554 bales of polyester materials and 30 rolls of curtail  

materials.

The Comptroller-General of Customs' decision to allow the importers of the detained goods pay duty  is based on recent fiscal policy  review removing textile fabrics from import prohibition list .
The move is also expected to shore up Government revenue, which has witnessed a downturn in recent times.

Last month, he said 75 warehouses of assorted textile materials were sealed up   in Kano by Customs anti-smuggling operatives, following months of undercover operations and activation of local and international intelligence networks.  The warehouses were operated by foreign nationals using a handful of Nigerians as their guarantors.

In view of the organised nature of the smuggling syndicate,  Abdullahi has called for closer inter Agency collaboration to curb the excesses of foreign economic saboteurs who break Nigeria’s laws with impunity.