The Nigerian Customs Service has threatened to confiscate 29 privately owned aircraft in the country if the owners and their agents do not comply with a 14-day deadline to resolve customs tax payment concerns.
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Customs had previously invited private aircraft owners in the nation to present their required importation clearance documentation for inspection.
No less than 91 of the country’s 147 identified owners and operators of private jets failed the Nigerian Customs Service’s verification exam (NCS).
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Among the defaulters freed yesterday, 62 allegedly failed to attend the necessary verification exercise, while 29 others were found guilty for failure to pay Customs tax.
Mr Joseph Attah, a spokesman for Customs, told journalists yesterday that 86 private jets/aircraft operators participated in the exercise and supplied the necessary documentation for verification. According to Attah, 57 of these were validated as commercial charter operators and were given the green light to operate.
All 29 private jet/aircraft owners and or their representatives who have been issued demand notices have been given fourteen (14) days from October 11, 2021, to collect and make payments to the designated federal government accounts, after which they will be issued aircraft clearance certificates, according to Comptroller Attah.
“Owners of private aircraft who have not made a presentation for verification and whose status remains undetermined are urged to provide Customs Service with paperwork for verification and clearance as soon as possible.”
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