CURRENCY SEIZURE AT NNAMDI AZIKIWE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, ABUJA.

Customs in Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport with the support of NDLEA officials arrested two passengers with USD $371,403, €20,000 Euros, 2 Shekels and USD $318,000 respectively. 

Already, suspects and money have been handed over to EFCC for further investigation and possible prosecution. 

The Customs Area Controller of FCT Command, Mrs Dinatu Umaru expresses the determination of her men to always work in synergy with sister agencies to stamp-out currency trafficking through the airport. 

CONFIRMATION OF NCS MANAGEMENT

Following the confirmation of seven members of Nigeria Customs Service management who have been on acting capacity by the NCS board today, the Comptroller General of Customs, Col, Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) decorated the senior Officers with their new ranks. 
They are : 
1. DCG, Sanusi Umar (Human Resource Development) 
2. ACG, Musa Jibrin (FATS) 
3. ACG, Emmanuel Udo-aka (SR&P) 
4. ACG, Abdullahi Babani (T&T) 
5. ACG, Modupe Aremu (E,FTZ&II) 
6. ACG, Chris Odibu (Zone B) 
7. ACG, Bashir Abubakar (Secretary NCS BOARD)

While congratulating them, the CGC charged them to bring their experiences to bear in the discharge of their new responsibilities. 
He said, moving the country to the next level requires selfless service especially from an organisation like NCS whose functions are crucial to economic and security well being of the nation.

EID-EL-KABIR FELICITATION TO OFFICERS/MEN OF THE NIGERIA CUSTOMS SERVICE BY THE COMPTROLLER-GENERAL OF CUSTOMS, COL. HAMEED IBRAHIM ALI (RTD).

EID-EL-KABIR FELICITATION TO OFFICERS/MEN OF THE NIGERIA CUSTOMS SERVICE BY THE COMPTROLLER-GENERAL OF CUSTOMS, COL. HAMEED IBRAHIM ALI (RTD). 

My dear Officers and Men of the Nigeria Customs Service, Eid-el-Kabir is here again, a season to celebrate and reflect on the activities of the past, seek Allah’s forgiveness where we have erred and look into the future with optimism and determination to achieve greater things for the nation and selves. 

As we reflect on the lessons of this very important celebration to the Muslim Umma, may it be a period of spiritual renewal that will rejuvenate the mindset of Officers to render selfless services to our nation devoid of personal interest. 

On behalf of the Management, I congratulate you all as you celebrate with your families and friends. 

God bless you all.

BEING MEDIA BRIEFING ON INTERCEPTION OF TWENTY-SEVEN (27) TOYOTA HILUX BY THE DEPUTY COMPTROLLER-GENERAL OF CUSTOMS (E,I&I), AMINU DANGALADIMA ON 13TH OCTOBER, 2017

Its my pleasure to welcome you to Headquarters of the Nigeria Customs Service. Your presence here provides another opportunity for the Service to brief you on the continuous gains of anti-smuggling operations. 

On Wednesday 10th October 2017, based on credible intelligence, operatives of NCS Compliance Team went to two open car stands along Kubwa express-way in the Federal Capital Territory and evacuated 27 Toyota Hilux pick-up vehicles suspected to be smuggled into the Country. These vehicles have estimated duty paid value (DPV) of over 432,000,000 million. 

We urge the owners of these vehicles to come forward with valid Customs clearance documents otherwise they will be liable to Seizure and subsequent Forfeiture to the Federal Government in-line with laws of the land. 

You will recall that last month, the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) while briefing on interception of 18 exotic vehicles, 13 of which were bullet proof said that the Service under his leadership will enforce the powers given in the Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA) effectively. 

For the avoidance of doubt, what we are doing is in-line with the provisions of Sections 147 of Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA) Cap 45, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 (power to search premises), Section 158 of CEMA, Cap 45 Laws of Federation of Nigeria (power to patrol freely). 

It must also be understood that being in possession of smuggled items is an offence under Section 3 of Customs and Excise (special penal and other provision) Act Cap 47 Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004. 

Let me seize this opportunity to inform you that we are making progress on investigation in the illegal arms importation. More arrests have been made and the CGC will be on the entourage of Mr. President to Turkey for sideline bilateral meeting with the Turkish Customs Authority. This is with the aim to permanently deal and put an end to such deadly importation coming from Turkey. 

NCS under the on-going reforms has continued to improve in all aspects, especially in the areas of suppression of smuggling.

The idea that one can comply with laws of other countries and contravene Nigerian Laws on arrival here can no longer be tolerated. 

NCS will continue to contribute its quota to National economic development and security. 
Finally, let me commend the media for your continuous support. NCS appreciates and will always count on you to inform and educate the general public on the activities of the Nigeria Customs Service.

EASE OF DOING BUSINESS

NIGERIA CUSTOMS SERVICE – HEADQUARTERS 
EASE OF DOING BUSINESS – WITHIN NIGERIA 

Nigeria Customs Service relationship with members of the business community and indeed travelling public is sometimes frosty, arising from either lack of knowledge or appreciation of the crucial role of the Service to national security and economic well-being. 

In line with the executive order on the ease of doing business in Nigeria. The Service wishes to make public the list of approved Customs check-points and what is required from stakeholders at such check-points. 

THE UNDER-LISTED ARE THE APPROVED CHECK-POINTS ACROSS THE CUSTOMS COMMAND 

S/NO STATE CHECK-POINT LOCATION 
1 LAGOS

AGBARA 
GBAJI ALONG LAGOS SEME EXPRESS WAY 

2 OGUN
AJILETE 
IHUMBO 
AYETORO 
ATAN ALONG IDIROKO-LAGOS ROAD 

3 OYO 

IGBETI 

4 EDO 

BENIN TOLL GATE 
EWU JUNCTION 

5 ANAMBRA

ONITSHA HEAD BRIDGE 

6 BORNO/YOBE

DAMASAK 
DIKWA 
DUJI

7 AKWA-IBOM/CROSS-RIVER

UYA-ORO 
IKOM 
ONNA 
URUA-AKPA JUNCTION

8 KATSINA

AGANGARO 
SHOROKA

9 ADAMAWA/TARABA 

BAISA 
MANG GEMBU-CAMEROUN ROAD 
NGOROJE GEMBU-JALINGO 
KANYAKA GEMBU-CAMEROUN ROAD 

10 KANO/JIGAWA 

MAIGATARI 
BABURA/TURARE 
ACHILAFIA DAURA ROAD 

11 NIGER

LUMA

12 SOKOTO 

GURBIN BAURE 
MAMMAN SUKA 
TANGAZA

THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS ARE REQUIRED AT CUSTOMS CHECK POINTS 
1. GENERAL IMPORT GOODS: 

 i. Single Goods Declaration (SGD) of Form C2010 
 ii. Form “M”
 iii. PAAR (Pre-Arrival Assessment Report) 
 iv. ASYCUDA Acknowledgement of Exit 
 v. Bill of Lading/Air way Bill 
 vi. CCVO – Combined Certificate of Value and Origin or Form – C16 
 vii. ASYCUDA Payment Receipt 
 viii. Packing List 

B GOODS ELIGIBLE FOR WAIVER/CONCESSION 
 i. Exemption Certificate from Federal Ministry of Finance 
 ii. A covering letter from NCS Headquarters 
 iii. List of Beneficiaries 
C RESTRICTED GOODS 
 i. Explosive Goods, Arms and Ammunition, Military Hardware, Fertilizer (Urea), Bullet Proof, Armored vehicles, Chemicals etc
 ii. EUC – End User Certificate/Permit in addition to the above listed import requirements 

D PARCEL POST/COURIER GOODS 
  i. Packing List 
  ii. Attested Invoice where applicable 
2. TRANSIT GOODS 
 i. Advisory Note Form C 150 with Armed Customs Escort 
 ii. SGD Form C 2010 (Single Goods Declaration) 
 iii. Form Sale 30 – Bond or Provisional payment receipt 
 iv. ASYCUDA Acknowledgement of Exit 
 v. Transire 

3. TEMPORARY IMPORTATION GOODS 
 i. Provisional Payment Receipt or Bond 
 ii. ASYCUDA Acknowledgement of Exit 
 iii. Form Sale 32 – Approval of NCS 

4. TEMPORARY IMPORTATION ON VEHICLES 
 i. A Carnet or Triptyque 
 ii. Provisional Payment Receipt 
 iii. Form Sale 34 
 iv. Carte Grise (Motor Vehicles at neighboring Territories adjacent Nigeria) 
 v. International Passport 

5. SPECIAL EXEMPTION ON VEHICLES FOR WEST AFRICAN GOVERNMENT 
 i. A written letter from the Embassy concerned 
 ii. Vehicles driven by official driver 

6. DIPLOMATIC GOODS 
 i. International Passport 
 ii. Form CCI obtained from Min. of Foreign Affairs 
 iii. Certified letter from Consulates/Organization 
 iv. ASYCUDA Acknowledgement of Exit 
 v. SGD Form C 2010 (Single Goods Declaration) 
 vi. Form C 1201 – Duty Free Importation 
 vii. Bill of Lading or Airway Bill 

7. ACCOMPANIED BAGGAGE 
 i. International Passport 
 ii. Valuation Assessment Note or Form C119 where applicable 
 iii. ASYCUDA or Bank Payment Receipt where applicable 

8. VEHICLES 
 i. SGD Form C 2010 
 ii. Packing List 
 iii. Bill of Lading/Air way Bill 
 iv. Valuation Assessment Note Form C 119 
 v. Attested Invoice 
 vi. ASYCUDA Acknowledgement of Exit 
 vii. Duty Certificate 
 viii. PAAR (Pre-Arrival Assessment Report) & Form “M” is required for new vehicles 

It will be recalled that the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) had directed the dismantling of any check-point beyond 40km radius of the land borders. Any operation beyond the 40km should be only on credible information lasting not more than 24 hours at a time. 
Accordingly, Stakeholders are advised to note the check-points, especially the requirements to avoid unnecessary delays. 

DC Attah, J.O. 
Public Relations Officer 
For: Comptroller-General of Customs

FRAUDULENT BIDDERS RISK PROSECUTION

The second bidding period of Monday 10th to 12noon Wednesday July 2017 recorded 115 winners. 

Even though the second round showed improvement over the first which produced 43 winners, the Service discovered from the bidding pattern and collated complaints from Stakeholders that the system is being abused by some fraudulent persons. Some bidders were discovered to have made outrageous bidding for some items put up for auction in a bid to scare other bidders away. This act makes it possible for such fraudulent bidders to make the items available for the second highest bidder, who they may have connived with. 

Consequently, the system will be reprogrammed to jettison the second highest bidder to claim the item. Going forward, once the winner fails to pay within 5 working days, the item automatically reverts for re-uploading and fresh bidding. 
Interestingly, the system is recording the identities of these fraudulent bidders through submitted information from the Tax Identification Numbers (TIN). Such numbers will be deactivated as well as blocked from any further transaction with NCS. 

While those fraudulent bidders risk prosecution, genuine bidders are assured of the Service determination to ensure the success of the online auction process. 
To achieve this, NCS will continue to fine tune the process as we progress. 
So far a total 2001 bidders have registered with 1,919 enable. 

The Service congratulates all those winners who have paid and collected their vehicles already and looks forward to promptly release more won items to winners. 

Joseph Attah 
PRO, NCS 

e-AUCTION: NCS EXPLAINS DIFFICULTY IN RECHARGING E-WALLET

Following public complaints, questions and commentaries on the Nigeria Customs Service e-auction platform which was officially launched on the 3rd of July 2017 by the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd). 

The Service wishes to make some clarifications especially as the inability of other commercial banks to hook up to the platform is creating inconveniences that could lead to wrong perception that pinges on the integrity of the process. 

Consequently, the Nigeria Customs Service wishes to state as follows: 
– That all the 23 Customs duty collecting banks were carried along, properly trained in the process. 
– When the platform was developed, it was subjected to user acceptability test with all the banks including the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). 
– Throughout this period, no bank indicated any problem with the platform. 

However, upon launch of the platform https://app1.trade.gov.ng/eauction only Jaiz Bank was discovered to be ready and active on the platform. 

In the light of the above, the Service immediately wrote a letter to all the designated banks requesting them to “integrate with the e-auction application for the recharging of e-wallet” same day 3rd July 2017. 

On Wednesday 5th July 2017 another letter was sent to CBN expressing the need for the Apex bank to confirm the readiness of Commercial Banks under its supervision to perform their roles in the process to ensure the success of the project. 

While we are being told that other banks are making frantic efforts to sort out whatever technical problem that is to hook up to the platform, this clarification is necessary to correct whatever wrong insinuation that could be generated as a result of having only one bank presently on the platform. 

Despite the initial hitches, the Service is happy to announce that the first 48 hours bidding period, Monday 12 noon to Wednesday 12 noon produced 43 winners. 

Items uploaded were 130 vehicles, 43 bided for and won. 

While 282 people registered, 268 were enabled with 245 able to generate e-wallet assessment. Out of 177 that recharged their e-wallets, 68 bided and 43 emerged as winners. 

The second round of bidding starts today Monday 10th July 2017 and will stop at 12 noon on Wednesday 12th July 2017. 

While looking forward to seeing more banks hook to the platform and ease the process for bidders, we wish to assure the general public of the Service determination to ensure that the transparent and accountable e-auction process succeeds. 

The Service resolve is motivated by the core benefits of generating more revenue for the Federal Government while providing equal opportunities to all Nigerians. 

Joseph Attah 
Deputy Comptroller of Customs 
Public Relations Officer 
For: Comptroller-General of Customs 

E-AUCTION ADVERT (TERMS AND CONDITIONS)

Nigeria Customs Service wishes to inform the general public about its readiness to deploy the e-auction platform via https://app1.trade.gov.ng/eauction as from 1st July, 2017. 
Consequently, all those who want to participate in the e-auction process are advised to note the following terms and conditions: 

– Applicant must have a valid TIN issued by the FIRS with an active e-mail account. 

– An applicant shall pay a non refundable fee of One Thousand Naira (₦1,000.00) as administrative charge. 

– An Item is auctioned “as is” as such request for replacement or refund shall not be entertained. 

– The successful bidder shall make payment within five (5) working days. 

– Failure to pay within five (5) working days the item reverts to the second (2nd) highest bidder. 

– The successful bidder has two (2) weeks from the date of payment to remove the item bidded for or forfeit same at the expiration of the two (2) weeks. 

– Any auction item not removed from the warehouse within fourteen (14) days from the date of payment shall revert to its pre-bidding status. 

– Take note for overtime cargo, that the successful bidder shall in addition pay 25% charges for Shipping line and Terminal operator respectively. 

– Bidders shall be allowed to bid for more than 2 items per bidding window. 

– For claiming items, the winner shall present; 

  i. A valid copy of paid assessment and bank receipt (optional in case of e-payment); 

  ii. E-mailed code to identify owner after payment; 

  iii. A notarized letter in case owner sends representative. (Where owner is present uploaded photo on registration will do.) 

  iv. Provide proper identification with the notarized letter such as International passport, Driver’s licence, Voters card or National I.D. 

– The dwell time for this Online Auction Sale shall be Twenty-Eight (28) days. 

– Third party claims shall not be entertained. 

– Officers of the Nigeria Customs Service are excluded from participating in this Auction. 

– Owner of seized item is excluded from bidding for same. 

– Conditions and terms of this auction are to be carefully considered by an interested person before acceptance. 

– Applicant undertakes to abide by the conditions and terms of this auction 

NIGERIA CUSTOMS SET TO DEPLOY E-AUCTION PLATFORM ON 1ST OF JULY

After repeated tests of the e-auction platform Nigeria Customs is now set to deploy the e-auction portal on the 1st of july 2017. 

The portal is now fully networked to designated banks to ensure money accruing from the auction gets to the Central bank of Nigeria Treasury Single Account for transparency and accountability. 

After receiving the report, the Comptroller General of Customs ,Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali(Rtd) directed the auction committee to ensure that only proper pictures of the goods as well as detailed information about each are uploaded to avoid and misgiving. He further stressed the need for more weeks to enable interested members of the public to obtain their Tax identification numbers (TIN) from the federal inland revenue before the commencement date . 

The platform which is highly interactive will only give access to holders of TIN. Such tax payers will log in, read the guidelines, pay the non refundable one thousand auction fee and proceed to bid for the items on auction. 

Recall that the CGC resumed duty in 2015 with a three pronged Presidential mandates of Restructure, Reform and seek ways of raising revenue. 

Manual auction was identified as non competitive and opened to abuses hence it was suspended. 

The committee set up has now developed an e-auction platform that is secured transparent and guarantees equal opportunities to all Nigerians. 

All interested persons are therefore advised to get ready by obtaining their Tax identification numbers issued by Federal Inland Revenue 

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