Kano/Jigawa Customs issues smuggling warning, educates stakeholders on free trade

The Kano/Jigawa Area Command of Nigeria Customs Service has concluded a sensitisation program at the command’s headquarters on Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for stakeholders operating in the Free Trade Zone, and at the same time issuing a smuggling warning to those at the meeting.

Addressing participants at the event, the Customs Area Controller (CAC) Kano/Jigawa Command, Comptroller Dauda Chana, described the event as a fallout of the directives from the Comptroller-General of Customs (CGC) Bashir Adewale Adeniyi.

According to him, the CGC’s directive was a sequel to a resolution reached at the 2023 edition of the Comptroller-General of Customs Conference held in December in Lagos.

Comptroller Chana added that the prescribed timeline of holding the sensitisation event in the first quarter of 2024 was adhered to in line with Sections 134 to 138 of the Nigeria Customs Service Act (NCAA) 2023.

The CAC advised the stakeholders to avoid smuggling and evasion of duty to avoid being on the wrong side of the law and reminded them that the watchful eyes of the command will always be active to detect any unlawful activity perpetuated in the zone.

He added, “It is important for operators of the free trade zone to always adhere to the rules guiding their activities. Compliance saves time, prevents penalties, and contributes to building organisational integrity. “

The CAC also said that a good record of operational integrity lays the foundation for traders to enjoy the benefits of the Authorized Economic Operators (AEO) Pilot Plan launched by the CGC this week. Comptroller Chana said transparency in the free trade zone operations would result in a win-win for the government and the stakeholders.

He reassured them of regular assistance from his office to facilitate trade at all times while urging them to seek clarifications in any area they need further help or to be updated with more information.

According to him, the extant rules guiding goods manufactured in the free trade zone for export and the need for assessment for duty payment when such products enter the customs zone are critical areas stakeholders should be abreast of.

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