Untrue Declaration,Fake Documentation Reasons For Interception of 40ft Containers- Tincan Port
By Gina Emmanuel
The Tincan Island Port Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has revealed that untrue declarations and wrong documentations were basis for this week’s interception of the two different 40ft containers numbering MSKU 071916/0 and MRKU 256545/8 respectivcely.
According to the Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Bashar Yusuf,the containers were flagged following some discrepancies in the documentation and declaration made in the Single Goods Declaration (SGD) form C 2010, hence the need for further checks.
The Controller, in a statement signed by the command spokesperson, Uche Ejesieme, insisted that the declarations made on SGD C-No. 13473 of 09-02-2017 and SGD C- N0. 84118 of 24-08-2017 were totally different from the contents in the system bill of lading, which was what fuelled the suspicion.
The importers names, according to him were J. S. Akuasosi Nig. Enterprises Ltd. of No. 31 Balogun Street Amuwo Odofin, Lagos and Del-Dominion Gold Ventures of No. 5 Borno Crescent Apapa – Lagos and S. Chinax Services Nig. Ltd. of No. 5 Industrial Road Port-Harcourt and Robby Concept Int’l Agency Ltd. of Mini Flat 4 Nnewi building Apapa-Lagos, as declarants.
The discovery of the contents was as a result of the latest operational methodology adopted by the Command through profiling, cargo selectivity and system checks of the advance electronic manifest.
Said he: “The Command is adopting these procedures to ensure that all imports are electronically monitored with a view to identifying non-compliant declarations and other infractions which could jeopardize the change ideology of the Service.
“For instance,rather than used vehicles as declared, our eagle eyed officers saw in MSKU 071916/0, 240 cartons of new Royal Tramadol Hydrochloride 225mg Tablets, 240 cartons of double extra strong Tramadol 200mg, 240 cartons of super power Tramadol Hydrochloride, 70 cartons of Ibamol – Diclofenac Sodium Capsules 50mg and 60 cartons of Really Extra – Analgesique were discovered. While in the other container,MRKU 256545/8, 240 cartons of New Royal Tramadol Hydrochloride 225mg tablets, 60 cartons of Extra – Analgesique, Antipyretique, Anti-Inflammatoire tablets, 240 cartons of double extra strong Tramadol 200mg , 240 Cartons of Super Power Tramadol Hydrochloride and 70 cartons of 50mg of Ibamol – Diclofenac Sodium capsules.”
The CAC further explained that the declarations were contrary to three (3) units of used vehicles, cartons of makeup kits, 850 cartons of computer accessories (keyboard and Mouse).
“This infraction which is tantamount to untrue declaration falls under section 161 of The Customs and Excise Management Act CAP C45 LFN 2004 as amended”.
Bashar, however enjoined all importers and their agents to continually uphold the tenets of integrity and due diligence in their declarations as anything contrary would be viewed seriously.
The containers have since been handed over to the representative of the Director General National Agency for Foods, Drugs, Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Abubakar SALISU Abdu, the Chief Regulatory Officer NAFDAC Port Health Tincan Island Port, Lagos