The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) has reiterated the one year imprisonment penalty for persons involved in illegal assemblage for the purpose of contravening any of the provisions of the Customs and Excise Laws.
NAGAFF made its position known in a press release issued by the Chairman of the Anti-Corrupt unit of the Association, Chief Increase Uche last week.
“Any person who assembles with two or more other persons for the purpose of contravening any of the provisions of the Customs and Excise Laws shall be liable to imprisonment for one year on prosecution in a law court if found guilty”, the report stated.
The Association revealed that it had observed that some freight forwarders and Customs officers usually assemble to contravene Customs laws leading to the noticeable non compliant attitude of practitioners” the report read.
“In the instance wherein well over 75% of information uploaded for the purposes of issuance of PAAR are false, those who are concerned are hereby advised and their attention called to the provisions of the Customs laws.
The Association maintains that henceforth it may not intervene in such matters before the Customs in times of arrest for wrong description of import by its members. It noted that is professionally wrong to obtain a PAAR with items which are not to be found in the containers during Customs examination.
However, NAGAFF also urged the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hammed Ali (Rtd) to continue to adopt measures that will continue to promote and encourage trade than anti-trade actions.