The Valuation team of the Nigeria Customs Service is currently at the Abuja Headquarters of the service to where all the valuation officers were summoned.
According to Timi Bomodi, the National Public Relations Officer of the agency, the technical officers were in Abuja to pore over the new valuation policy.
”All our technical officers will work through the weekend to evaluate and review the VIN Valuation.
”That is what I have to say” he said curtly when pressed further for details.
However, our reporter gathered that the team was mandated to examine and review the new system to ensure the valuation method of VIN policy is adjusted to reflect the true value of vehicles.
It would be recalled that the irate freight forwarders have been at loggerhead with the Nigeria Customs Service over the recently introduced VIN evaluation policy.
The Customs brokers have claimed that the new system is fraught with a lot of errors in valuation which have pushed the duties payable on vehicles to over 300 percent of their original value.
They have complained that the new valuation system does not factor in the depreciating status(tear and wear) of a vehicle.
They wanted the new valuation system to use a transactional value system for appropriate valuation
They have therefore sharply disagreed with the policy through protest and strike action which they vowed to sustain until their demands are met.
The convergence of the Customs valuation team was therefore the fallout of the stakeholders’ meeting that the agency had with the agitating agents on Tuesday in Lagos.
At the meeting, the agents marshaled out the areas of their disagreement with the new policy for which the Customs team promised to relay back to the Customs High Chief, Col. Hammed Ali(rtd) for action.
It was expected that the outcome of the meeting of the Customs technical team will result in the adjustment of the parameters for valuation under the new policy.
The team is led by Deputy Comptroller- General, Tariff and Trade, DCG Isa Talatu.
“The management will make its findings known on Monday” Bomodi declared.
It is also expected that the outcome of the brainstorming session of the Customs technical team will address the grievances of the Customs brokers and restore normalcy to the cargo clearing process at the ports.
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” This video depicts a half-clad individual recording himself while claiming to have arrested trucks carrying premium motor spirit across the border as an officer of Nigeria Customs Service.
“The facts are as follows; the person in the video is indeed an officer of Nigeria Customs Service, and he is currently attached to the Federal Operations Unit Zone D in Adamawa.
” It is important to note that 55 kilometers separate this location from the nearest border.
“Between the place where this incident occurred and the border, there are fully operational petrol stations.
” As vehicles in transit, they are considered still to be well within city limits and therefore can neither be accused of nor arrested for transporting goods across the border.
“All our officers are compelled by a strict dress code to not only be in uniform while on duty, but to adorn their name tags for easy identification by members of the public.
” Indeed, his actions led to his immediate withdrawal by the Controller Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘D’, who instructed his detention pending medical evaluation.
“The NCS seriously frowns at any action that is inimical to the economic well-being of our nation.
“The levels of checks and counter-checks created as part of the NCS strategic enforcement initiative have made it extremely difficult for breaches to occur.
“Nigeria Customs Service wants to assure members of the public of the commitment of its officers and men to securing our borders.
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