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Nigeria Customs Service issues guidelines for disposal of overtime cargo

CGC, Hameed Ali
The Nigeria Custom Service (NCS) has released new guidelines
on the process of the disposal of overtime goods, including seizures, with
expectations to check irregularities that marked earlier auction of overtime
cargoes.

Under the new guideline, which has already been signed
by the Comptroller-General Col. Hammed Ali (rtd) with the blessing of the
Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, perishable goods with or without
defendants are to be disposed of by relevant committees set up on the exercise.
The committees are Assessment Committee, Disposal
Committee, Seizure Committee and Overtime Committee.
In a press statement, Mr Festus Akanbi, Media Aide to
the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, said that with the new guideline,
items classified as general goods could only be disposed of after a court of
law had given such order by way of condemnation.
“Condemnation shall be done after 30 days of seizure,
so far as there is no notice of claim or litigation,” the statement said.
The guideline also requires publication of the items
to be auctioned, when they are due.
The Customs Service is also required to publish a list
of seized goods that have fallen into overtime status with prices in the media.

The Customs is also to require people to buy online
stating the items they are interested in.

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