Drones not allowed without End-User-Certificate – MMIA Customs boss

…command collects  ₦4.9 billion revenue

The Customs Area Controller of Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service, Comptroller L E Oyama (Mrs.) has enjoined users of drones in the country to obtain the End-User-Certificate (EUC) before importing them for security reasons, saying that drones were not allowed into the country without EUC.

The Controller made this known in a press statement highlighting the activities of the command for the month of September, saying that drones were among items seized by the command in the month.

She disclosed that the command generated a sum of ₦4,991,674,905.00 as revenue in the month of September, 2019 into the coffers of the nation.

This figure exceeded the Command’s monthly revenue target with ₦674,171,230.00 translating to 115.6%, and also exceeded that of September, 2018 collection ₦3.976, 291,655.00 with ₦1,015,356,250.00

According to her, the feat due to strategies put in place by her administration since taking over the leadership of the command on 21st of August, 2019.

In September, the command made some seizures with duty paid value (DPV) of ₦12, 615,743.30. Items seized included drones of different makes, walkie-talkie radios, Military Armored Vests etc.

Some of the strategies put in place by Comptroller Oyama were: repositioning of man power; regular stakeholder engagement; regular meetings with principal officers (DC Sheds, Releasing officers, Examination officers, officers in charge of gates, TARMAC and Tally officers); open-door policy; capacity building (organizing refresher courses on HS Code, Classification, Role of Origin, Valuation etc); and removing bottle necks by decentralizing the clearing process resulting in trade facilitation. 

The CACA charged stakeholders to continue be truthful in their declarations to enable seamless clearance of consignments as she encouraged officers and men of the command to be disciplined and work as a team while on duty.

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