Customs Rejects Court judgment on
Import Duty in Passengers Baggage
*Files appeal for fresh hearing
*Seeks fair hearing, correct application of the laws
By Udeme Clement:
The Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, has rejected the recent judgment of the Federal High Court in Abuja, nullifying payment of import duty on goods/personal effects contained in passengers baggage.
The top Management of Nigeria Customs expressed displeasure on the judgment, saying that the Service was not given fair hearing before the judgment was delivered.
Customs is also faulting the Court’s pronouncement on what its described as misapplication of laws to arrive at the conclusion of the judgment.
Speaking on behalf of the Comptroller-General of Customs, CGC Ali Hameed, the National Public Relations Officer of the Service, DC Joseph Attah, disclosed that Customs has filed for the setting aside of that judgment.
He informed; “The Service is by this seeking for the case to be heard on its merit and opportunity given for all parties to adequately address the honourable Court.”
He went on; “While urging the public to await the out-come of the case, the Service wishes to assure Nigerians of its readiness to comply with the out-come of the Judicial Process”.
Recall that the Federal High Court in Abuja on May 13, 2020, delivered a
judgment nullifying payment of import duty on personal effects in passengers baggage.