The Nigeria Customs Service has revealed that there are over N5 billion worth of unutilised Pre- Arrival Assessment Report (PAAR), an import clearance document and unutilised bill of ladings in its system.
Controller in charge of Post Clearance Audit (PCA) headquarters, Comptroller Simon Danjuma, who disclosed this recently, urged companies with records of unutilised PAARS and underpayment to come forward and take necessary action to correct the infractions.
He said, “We have unutilised declarations especially in PAAR of more than N5billion. We know from our system that they are not utilised. So what we do is to write the company concern and give them the total number of unutilised PAAR that is standing against them and we expect that they revert to us within two weeks and tell us why they have not utilised them.”
Danjuma said the PCA unit of the Service, saddled with the responsibility of profiling all import activities on consignments that have exited the port to detect infractions has recovered billions of naira from duty underpayment that would have been lost to fraudulent importers.
“The PCA has made some recoveries that are mind blogging. Hitherto revenue that would have been lost as a result of the fact that the containers have been exited from the port or they were moved on fast track has been able to recover them in billions. The World Customs Organization (WCO) has been meeting with us through the IMF for the past one year to discourage the issue of PCA being a recovery tool for revenue generation but everybody has its own peculiarity. The NCS has to add bite to revenue generation,” he said.
He noted that while the challenge of false declarations, underpayment by non compliant traders is still prevalent in the port system, there are, however, over 300 manufacturing companies that are benefiting from the fast track scheme put in place by the Service for compliant traders.
“We are still not able to ensure a fully compliant trading public. What we are running from is what they are still doing by way of infractions such as wrong HSCode classification, underpayment, and wrong declaration. These are still prevalent in the system and it is a big challenge. That notwithstanding we have more than 300 manufacturing companies that are benefiting from the fast track scheme,” he said.