Why Private Jet Owners Must Comply With the Nigerian Customs Service
Private jet owners in Nigeria has once again been issued a warning by the Nigerian Customs Service.
This time around, the NCS says private jet owners has been served a 14-day ultimatum to sort out infractions in their import and operational documents with its Tariff and Trade Department or risk having their jets impounded.
The National Public Relations Officer of the NCS, Joseph Attah, disclosed this on Tuesday in a press conference held in Abuja.
Attah said the service had already issued demand notices to all those concerned and expected to generate billions of naira once detected gaps are closed.
According to him, the action of the NCS is driven by the need to promote national security and recover trapped revenue of the government in various private jet owners’ coffers who evaded duties and other statutory charges.
He said, “Within the stipulated period, 86 private jets/aircraft operators showed up for the exercise and presented the relevant documents for verification.
“Of this number, 57 were verified as commercial charter operators, and were duly cleared for operations.
“Twenty-nine other private jets/aircrafts were found liable for payment of Customs duty. Their values were assessed, and the appropriate demand notices issued to their owners for the payment of outstanding duties.
“However, 62 other private jet/aircrafts whose registration numbers were duly obtained from the appropriate authority were not verified because their owners or designated representatives made no presentations to Customs that could help determine their status.
“To this effect, all 57 commercial charter jet/aircraft operators who presented their documents for verification are requested to come forward to the Tariff and Trade department of the Nigeria Customs.
“All 29 private jet/aircraft owners and or their representatives who have been issued with demand notices have been given 14 days from October 11, 2021 to collect and make payments to the designated Federal Government accounts after which they will be issued with Aircraft Clearance Certificates.”
The NCS further directed the 62 private aircraft whose owners had not provided any documents for verification to immediately furnish the Tariff and Trade Department of the service with the necessary documents for verification and clearance.
For the verification, the Customs requested aircraft’s registration, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority Flight Operations Compliance Certificate, NCAA’s Maintenance Compliance Certificate, and NCAA’s Permit for Non-Commercial Flights and Temporary Import Permit (where applicable).
What the NCS said in July
The Nigerian Custom Service has disclosed in July that a total of 58 aircraft owners have complied with its directive to provide documents of their jets for verification by the service.
The Public Relations Officer of NCS, Joseph Attah, said this in Abuja at a media briefing to update the public on the performance of the service in the first half of the year.
Attah stated that due to the level of compliance which he described as encouraging, the Comptroller General of the Service, Hameed Idris had instructed that the deadline for the verification process be extended by 14 days.
The NCS directed private jet owners to verify their documents before July 6 or risk having their airplanes impounded.
The PRO further disclosed that the service generated the sum of N1tn at the end of the first half of the year, N290bn higher than the corresponding period of last year.
He clarified that the total revenue generated in the H1 is exclusive of the penalties paid for contraventions made by aircraft owners.
On enforcement, Attah stated that between January and June, the service seized a total number of 2,333 assorted items with a duty paid value of N4.42bn.