Insecurity: 62 private jet owners shun customs verification

Daily Trust

The Nigeria Customs Service has said the  owners of 62 private jets/aircraft operating in the country which registration numbers were duly obtained from the appropriate aviation authority were not verified

risk having them impoundment by the service for failure to present relevant importation clearance documents for verification or payment of customs duty.

The Customs Public Relations Officer, Comptroller Joseph Attah, who stated this yesterday in Abuja during a media briefing on the results of verification of privately owned aircraft, added that the service is carrying out the exercise due to the insecurity challenges in the country.

The exercise took place between June and August at the Tariff and Trade Department of the service and documents such as aircraft certificate registration, NCAA’s Flight Operations Compliance Certificate, NCAA’s Maintenance Compliance Certificate, NCAA’s Permit for Non-Commercial Flights and Temporary Import Permit (TIP) were requested.

According to Attah, 86 private jets/aircraft operators showed up for the exercise and presented their relevant documents for verification within the stipulated period out of which 57 were verified as commercial charter operators and were duly cleared for operations.

However, 29 other private jets/aircraft were found liable for payment of Customs duty and another…

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