The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) has issued a stern impounding warning to owners of unverified Private Jets should they fail to verify their jet documents before July 6th, 2021. ayokinews.com reports
This was made known on Monday 21st June, 2021, by the Public Relations Officer, NCS, Joseph Attah, while speaking at a media briefing in Abuja.
He said, “Within two weeks into the 30 days verification period, only six owners of private aircraft have responded to the invitation, necessitating this update and reminder to those who have not responded, to do so in order to avoid possible detention of their aircraft.
“We learnt some are coming today or tomorrow for verification. We also know that some brought their private jets under a temporary import certificate, which has expired and not renewed. These are infractions.
“At the end of the verification, some of the things we want to expose will come to light. We will make our findings known on July 6 after the expiration of the 30-day grace window.
“Those in default risk detention of their aircraft as nobody is above the law,” he added.
Mr. Attah further stated that the NCS believes in the calibre of people who own the private jets and that they’re sure they’d comply with the government directive while also stating that the agency would not hesitate to take the necessary lawful steps should there be lack of compliance to the directive.
“As an agency of government responsible for enforcement of laws governing imports and exports in Nigeria, NCS will not hesitate to invoke appropriate sanctions on any defaulting private aircraft owner immediately after the expiration of the verification period on Tuesday 6th July 2021.
“For the avoidance of doubt, private aircrafts owners or their representatives are to report to Room 305, Tariff and Trade Departments, Nigeria Customs Service headquarters, Abuja, from 10 am to 5 pm between Monday, June 7 and Tuesday, July 6, 2021”.
He further listed the requirements needed for the private jet verification which are: Aircraft Certificate of Registration NCAA’S Flight Operations Compliance Certificate; NCAA’S Maintenance Compliance Certificate; NCAA’S Permit for Non-Commercial Flights; and Temporary Import Permit where applicable.