NAGAFF seeks Customs intervention for the release of 13 vehicles under Clarion shipping detention.
It noted that the vehicles were trapped at the off-dock terminal since July 2021 for no fault of theirs.
NAGAFF added that duty and other charges were been duly paid.
The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), Office of the National Coordinator, 100% Compliance Team, has called on the management of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to compel off-dock terminal operator, Clarion Shipping Terminal Limited to release a total of thirteen imported vehicles under her facilities.
The 100% Compliance team. of NAGAFF in a statement made available to reporters on Friday, 17th December 2021, noted that the vehicles were trapped at the off-dock terminal since July 2021 for no fault of theirs adding that duty and other charges were been duly paid.
The NAGAFF team alleged that upon investigation into the matter, it was revealed that some nineteen containers were allegedly allowed to go without paying demand notice (DN) issued to them as well as not following due process.
The statement signed by Tanko Ibrahim, National Chairman 100% Compliance team, NAGAFF said :
“We, therefore, want to appeal to the CGC to prevail on the management of Clarion Shipping terminal ltd to release all our 14 vehicles as well as cause a full-scale investigation to unravel the mystery about the 19 containers saga.
He also alleged that the container’s diversion plot was hatched by the Clarion shipping terminal and the consignee, without the knowledge of the agency.
“It baffles our association on how terminal operator can connive with a consignee to defraud the government of such a huge amount of money.
He further alleged that :
“The unpaid assessments were over N8.5 million. Listed hereunder are the “C” numbers of the demand notices.”
“It is obvious from this standpoint that Clarion Shipping terminal constitutes an economic risk to the Federal Government,” Tanko alleged.
The NAGAFF team also disclosed the container numbers as follows for easy reference:
(1) C. 102499 of 28/03/18.
(2) C. 101123 of 23/03/18.
(3) C. 101096 of 23/03/18.
(4) C. 101066 of 23/03/18.
(5) C. 101178 of 23/03/18.
(6) C. 101155 of 23/03/18.
(7) C. 101142 of 23/03/18.
(8) C. 102438 of 28/03/18.
(9) C. 102483 of 28/03/18.
(10) C. 102512 of 28/03/18.
(11) C.101098 of 23/03/18.
(12) C. 102461 of 28/03/18.
(13) C. 102500 of 28/03/18.