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Lagos records 45% Q1 increase in smuggling

Posted: Apr 29, 2015 at 4:40 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Andrew Airahuobhor



Smuggling activities increased by 45 percent in Lagos area, indication heightened importers non-compliance to import regulations.

In its first quarter anti-smuggling report, the Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone A, Ikeja of the Nigeria Customs Service, said it made 482 different seizures valued at N228,906,100 with a payable duty of N65,538,209, and a duty paid value (DPV) of N294,444,309.

It apprehended 36 suspects in connection with the Seizures. This indicates over 45 percent increase in quantity of seizures when compared with the corresponding period of 2014.

Many importers find a way to circumvent import regulations at the ports with the assistance of Customs officials and succeed in clearing their consignments from the ports after making wrong classifications, under declaration and short payment of duty.

Others who cannot cope with the encumbrance in the clearance process, and who cannot afford the huge bribes involved in clearing prohibited goods at the port, divert them to ports of neighbouring countries and eventually smuggle them into Nigeria.