Customs, FRSC to checkmate registration of smuggled vehicles

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The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has commenced moves to collaborate with the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) to checkmate the registration of smuggled vehicles.

The Public Relation officer of the NCS, Adewale Adeniyi, a Deputy Comptroller, said the programme has reached an advanced stage, adding that the aim was to eliminate the smuggling of vehicles into the country.

Adeniyi who disclosed this at a training programme orgainsed for maritime journalists by the Apapa Customs Command said that it is partnering with the commission as part of the global network initiative with other stakeholders.

He explained that once a smuggled vehicle get to the commission’s office for registration, it will trigger off the commission’s alarm, an indication that the vehicle did not pass through Customs’ clearing process.

The system, according to Adeniyi, is that there is an inter-connectivity between the Customs service and Commission the with a view to reducing or eliminating the issue of smuggling particular vehicles.

“An on-line platform is being developed to ensure that smuggled vehicles are not registered in the country. Once duty is paid on any vehicle, it will sail through the registration process but the system will trigger off itself if that vehicle does not pass through Customs clearing process.

“This is part of the Customs collaborative effort in bringing about orderliness in the system so as to grow the economy.”

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