BONDED WAREHOUSES OPERATIONS SUSPENDED

The operations of not less than 3 bonded terminals in Lagos were suspended within this year by the management of the Nigeria Customs Service for aiding and abetting the diversion of containers and fraud in the clearance of such containers.

The Deputy Controller General of Customs, Kayode Ogundeji who addressed journalists in Lagos on the special operation at the Apapa Port, said operators of the affected warehouse were sanctioned with huge penalties before their was set up were reopened.

He said that the special committee with a view to identifying these that are not legitimately at the port is carrying out a staff audit of all Customs operators at the various terminals cut of Apapa Port.

At a question and answer session, some of the stakeholders expressed their concerns about the exercise but however gave support to the special operation.

It will be recalled that following the increasing the wave of seizure of prohibited goods released from Apapa Ports and the desperate attempts by some unscrupulous importers to remove large number of containers of contraband from the port, Customs Headquarters directed a special operation to restore sanity in the port and ensure strict implementation of government fiscal policies.

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