Customs Service Denies Defying FG’s Directive On Duty, VAT Charges For Airline Operators

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The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) has denied allegation that it defied a Federal Government directive by continuing with the collection of customs duty charges from airline operators.

NCS while reacting to a story credited to the CEO of Air Peace, Allen Onyema, alleging that the service is still collecting duty and VAT in defiance of the FG’s directive, explained that the directive does not grant concession on CISS and ETLS.

The statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of the Service, Joseph Attah stated further that such airline operators are still required to pay appropriate charges on ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Scheme (ETLS) and the Comprehensive Import Supervision Scheme (CISS).

It read partly, “The attention of Nigeria Customs Service has been drawn to a deliberate misinformation of the public regarding payments of Customs duty, VAT and other charges like ETLS and CISS on imported commercial aircrafts and spare parts.

“Some sections of the media quoted the Chairman of Air Peace Airline to have stated that NCS is still collecting duty and VAT in defiance of the FG’s Executive Order on commercial airplanes and spare parts.

“For the avoidance of doubt, we wish to draw his attention to Section 39 of the Second Schedule of the Finance Act as amended which states that “Airlines registered in Nigeria and providing commercial air transport services are entitled to duty-free importation of their aircrafts, engines, spare parts and components whether purchased or leased”. The aforesaid did not grant concession on CISS and ETLS.”

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