The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has commenced assessment of Customs duty and other charges on textile materials currently in detention in Kano State, Nigeria’s North-Central Region.
The exercise being coordinated by a Special Task Force comprising operatives of the NCS and the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) is expected to rake in over N10 billion revenue into Government coffers.
The NCS Public Relations Officer, Deputy Comptroller Wale Adeniyi, explained that Comptroller-General of Customs Dikko Inde Abdullahi had given the directive to collect duty on the textile products, 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.
“In 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,” Adeniyi said.
He disclosed that the assessment also showed that the goods are liable to the following additional charges: N26,569,253.73 for seven per cent surcharge; N14,243,212.64 for one per cent Comprehensive Import Supervision Scheme (CISS) levy; N6,767,022.49 for 0.5 per cent Economic Community of West African States Trade Liberalisation Scheme ( ETLS) levy; N59,154,231.65 for textile levy; and N95,527,905.15 for value added tax (VAT).
Adeniyi stated: “Total revenue payable on the first set of assessment stands at N576,161,369.17 only. Another set of assessment worth over N600 million 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 curtain 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.”
It would be recalled that last month, following months of undercover operations and activation of local and international intelligence networks, 75 warehouses of assorted textile materials were sealed up in Kano by Customs anti-smuggling operatives.
“The warehouses were operated by foreign nationals using a handful of Nigerians as their guarantors,” Adeniyi said.
He added: “In view of the organised nature of the smuggling syndicate, the Comptroller-General of Customs, Dikko Inde Abdullahi, has called for closer inter-agency collaboration to curb the excesses of foreign economic saboteurs who break our laws with impunity.”