The Nigeria Customs Service has urged Nigerians and other travellers to take note that personal items bought overseas, otherwise referred to as ‘Merchandise in Baggage’ valued above N50,000, forthwith attract duty payment.
This has been further confirmed by Joseph Attah, Public Relations Officer, Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).
This was brought to public notice after the encounter of an aggrieved traveller at the International Airport, Abuja.
Read about her experience here.
Joseph Attah, Customs Public Relations Officer on behalf of the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hamid Ali (retd) further iterates that the law will be upheld. He stated “For the avoidance of doubt, we are aware that many Nigerians complain about the allowable amount of N50,000.00, but until the law is changed, Nigeria Customs Service will continue to enforce the extant law that says personal effects shall not exceed the value of N50,000.00. Anything more than the approved value is considered Merchandise in Baggage, and therefore liable for duty payment.”
The Nigeria Customs Service has reemphasized that passengers passing through any Nigeria international airports can only be allowed to go through with goods or items with only N50,000 or less current market value.
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