Customs detain South African vessel for sailing into Nigeria illegally

Posted by News Express | 28 August 2016 | 2,269 times

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The operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Eastern Marine Command, Port Harcourt in Rivers, have detained a vessel named ‘MV Defender V’ for sailing without a valid Bank Bond.

Usman Bello, Customs Area Controller, who made the disclosure over the weekend, said the vessel is a patrol vessel from South Africa that is used for piloting tanker vessels. He said that the 7-man crew vessel had a temporary importation permit without any valid Bank Bond.

According to him, the vessel was detained in Onne Port under the jurisdiction of the Eastern Command of the NCS as part of the crackdown by his officers and men on vessel owners who chose to operate in Nigerian waters without Temporary Importation Permit and a Valid Bank Bond.

Bello warned that all ship owners plying Nigerian territorial waters granted Temporary Importation Permit by Customs Headquarters should always obtain the Valid Bank Bond before sailing into Nigerian waters. “Any ship owner found violating this directive would have his or her ship detained as no excuse would be tolerated.

The Temporary Importation Permit is an approval granted to ship owners by the NCS Headquarters for either trade or to transact business within Nigerian waters. The permit is normally granted with a valid Bank Bond to ensure payment of Customs duties in the case of any circumvention of the permit.

“The approval is normally granted for 12 months at first instance and renewable for six months for three occasions, which is the final extension. After which the ship owner is required to either take the ship back to a foreign country or convert to home use whereby duties will be paid accordingly.

Source: Business Day Nigeria

Source: News Express

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