Worried by rising internal insecurity, the Nigeria Customs Service soon begin screening all privately owned aircrafts in the country to ensure strict compliance with all regulations.
The Public Relations Officer of the service, Mr Joseph Attah said such step is necessary considering the security challenges facing the country. He accused some highly placed individual private aircraft owners of reluctance to pay taxes and that the exercise will ensure strict compliance with all relevant regulations governing importation of private jets.
“Consequently, Nigeria Customs Service in line with its statutory functions as provided for in part III sections 27, 35, 37, 45, 46, 47, 52, 56, 63 and 64; Part XI sections 144, 145, 155, 160, 161 and 164 as well as part XII sections 167, 168, 169, 173 and 174 of the Customs and Excise Management Act.
“We hereby invite all the owners of private aircrafts in the country to come forward with their relevant importation clearance documents for verification. The expected documents are aircrafts certificate of registration, NCAA’s Flight Operations Compliance Certificate and NCAA’s Maintenance Compliance Certificate. The NCAA’s Permit for Non Commercial Flights and Temporary Import Permit. All such owners or their representatives are to report to room 305, Tariff and Trade Department, Customs headquarters.
“The verification will begin on Monday June 7 to Tuesday July 6, 2021 and it will be from 10.00 a.m. and ends 5.00 p.m. daily,” he explained.
Attah said the owners of private aircrafts are expected to comply with the directive warning that defaulters would be sanctioned accordingly to the provisions of the law.