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Kwara Customs boss to enforce new ECOWAS tariff

By Odun Edward, Ilorin
02 September 2022   |   4:00 am
Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Area Controller, Kwara State Command, Aliyu Bello, is set to enforce the reviewed Economic Community of West African State (ECOWAS) Common External Tariff (CET) in the state.

Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Area Controller, Kwara State Command, Aliyu Bello, is set to enforce the reviewed Economic Community of West African State (ECOWAS) Common External Tariff (CET) in the state.

Bello, who was newly redeployed to the command, stated this, yesterday, during his official tour of companies in Kwara.

The Federal Government, early this year, approved the implementation of the 2022 fiscal policy measures, comprising Supplementary Protection Measures (SPM) for the implementation of the CET 2022-2026 and Excise Duty of N10 per litre on non-alcoholic beverages, cigarettes and tobacco products from April 1, 2022.

A grace period of 90 days was granted to enable the excise factories producing non-alcoholic and beverages to prepare for compliance with the new directives, which elapsed on June 30, 2022. The new price regime commenced on July 1, 2022.

Bello said he visited all the excise factories in Kwara to ascertain the level of their production and compliant to the Customs extant laws.

The NCS controller toured International Tobacco Company (ITC) – the biggest producer of cigarettes and spirits in Kwara, Peace Standard Pharmaceutical Industries, Seven-Up Bottling Company, Remitola International Multi Biz, Orion Agro Industries, Donswep Industries, Njoku Global Ventures Idofian, Ascodin Nigeria Enterprises in Oro town, Neolman Food and Beverages Nigeria.

He noted: “This familiarisation tour is aimed at bringing all the excise factories under control and to block all the leakages. Without mincing words, we will continue to work with excise factories and other stakeholders to reposition the command. I will not relent on any effort to ensure total conformity with prompt payment of excise duties.”

The Customs boss engaged the management teams of all the factories in valuable discussions and promised to collaborate with all compliant stakeholders for efficiency.

He described all excise factories allegedly aiding and abetting smuggling as inimical to effective trading system and seamless revenue generation.

On their part, the managers promised total compliance with the Federal Government’s new directives and a robust relationship with the new Custom boss.