|The CGC, Dikko Abdullahi|
Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has commenced assessment of Customs duty and
other charges on textile materials currently in detention in Kano.
which was jointly carried out by a Special Task Force comprising operatives
of the Nigeria Customs Service and the Economic and
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.
imported items are currently discharged in warehouses sealed by the
Nigeria Customs Service in various areas of Kano metropolis.
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
combined import duty of N373, 307, 242.16.
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.
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
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
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 .
witnessed a downturn in recent times.
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.
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.