The Comptroller General’s Strike Force of the Nigeria Customs Service Zone A, Lagos has intensified its anti-smuggling campaign while ensuring total compliance to trade laws and procedures, which led to the recovery of over N1.032billion in six weeks through the issuance of Demand Notices for duty underpayments.

Also seized during the period under review were smuggled parboiled foreign rice, some of which were concealed in vehicle tyres, engine compartments and other hidden parts of the vehicles, which makes the rice unfit for consumption, used buses, cars, bales of used clothing, used tyres and cartons of liquid soaps, among several others worth over N319.1billion in terms of Duty Paid Value DPV.

The CG Strike Force is an interventionist team created to complement the efforts of the Area Commands in preventing revenue loss by enforcing compliance to trade laws, regulations and other Customs clearing procedures.

Coordinator of the team, Deputy Comptroller Ahmadu Shuaibu, who made the disclosure, said that the recovery of the N1.032billion was sequel to conscientious documentary checks, which helped the Information Communication ICT unit of the team to recover the lost revenue through the issuance of DN.

According to him, the other seizures were made due to a series of contravention of some Customs clearing procedures and extant laws while some the seizures were product of credible intelligence gathering, even as many others were as a result of meticulous documentary checks.

Details of the seizures include 825 50kg bags of foreign rice, one unit of Toyota bus, two units of Toyota Camry cars locally reconstructed and laden with foreign rice, some of which were concealed in old tyres, engine compartments and 480 cartons of Basmati rice.

Others include 1, 620 pieces of used vehicle tyres, 45 pallets of printed label materials, 2, 242 cartons of liquid soap and 282 bales of used clothing materials; all with a total DPV of N319.1billion.

The coordinator thanked compliant traders and patriotic citizens for complying with Customs extant trade regulations and laws but also warned non-compliant importers, exporters and traders to imbibe the desired positive change that would help protect and build the nation’s economy.

“Recalcitrant traders are however reminded that they could continue to count their losses until they learn to conform to extant trade laws and regulations”, Shuaibu also warned.