‘Only items imported by President are duty-free’, Customs tells MDAs

The Nigeria Customs Service, (NCS), has stated that only items imported by the president are exempted from duty charges and tax payment.

This was contained in an issued statement issued on Friday, by the NCS Deputy National Public Relations Officer, Timi Bomodi.

The officer alerted that some ministries, departments and agencies, (MDAs), at different levels of government are evading duties and taxes on imported vehicles and other equipment into the country.

“The NCS wishes to state that except where waivers or concessions were sought and granted, all outstanding duties and taxes relating to such imports are expected to be paid in full. This applies even in situations where these imports were executed by agents or proxies on their behalf”.

“We wish to reiterate that by law, only items imported by the President, Commander in Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, are exempted from the payment of duties or taxes”, it emphasised.

Bomodi warned contractors who import and supply such equipment or vehicles without payment of duties to desist from the practice as it will be considered liable as fraudulent importers.

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