|The CGC, Rtd. Col. Hameed Ali|
Service is empowered henceforth to be involved in cargo examination and to make
seizures when necessary inside the nation’s seaports.
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) made this
known in a circular Ell/2019/Number 002,
titled ‘100 % Examination of Cargo at the Ports’ saying that the Comptroller
General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali(rtd) gave the mandate.
customs officers whose duty it is to carry out cargo examination, the NCS said
the Strike Force, which is an anti- smuggling unit set up by the CGC, would be
in the ports to examine goods that were not hitherto properly examined.
Controllers would be held responsible for any non- compliance with the
“It has been observed that 100 per cent examinations of cargo at the ports are
not done properly by the officers assigned to do so.
must be carried out with immediate effect and Area Controllers will personally
be held responsible for non-compliance.
respond accordingly to Strike Force intervention alerts.
henceforth to intervene right in the ports. Non- compliance to this circular
will attract severe sanctions.”
Force in action inside the ports for some weeks now, has made importers and freight forwarders express concerns, even as the action could amount to duty duplication or making the resident officers redundant at the end of the day.