Friday, 27 October 2017

Tincan Customs intercept 1,700 cartons of tramadol, others

The Tincan Island Port Com­mand of the Nigeria Cus­toms Service (NCS) has in­tercepted and handed over to the National Agency for Foods, Drugs Administration and Control (NAF­DAC) a total of 1,700 cartons of tra­madol falsely declared as vehicles, make-up items and computer ac­cessories.

Concealed in two 40ft contain­ers, MSKU 071916/0 and MRKU 256545/8, were equally shared total of 480 cartons of New Royal Tram­adol Hydrochloride 225mg tablets, 480 cartons of Double Extra Strong Tramadol 200mg, and 480 cartons of Super Power Tramadol Hydro­chloride.

The others were 140 cartons of Ibamol – Diclofenac Sodium Cap­sules 50mg, and 120 cartons of Re­ally Extra – Analgesique. The drugs were discovered through the com­mand’s latest operational method­ology of profiling, cargo selectivity and systems checks of the advance electronic manifest, according to the Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Bashar Yusuf.

Bashar disclosed that the con­tainers were flagged following some discrepancies in the documentation and declaration made in the Single Goods Declaration (SGD) form C 2010, hence the need for further checks, according to a statement by the Command Public Relations Officer, Mr. Uche Ejesieme.

Tincan Customs intercept 1,700 cartons of tramadol, others

They were further found to be at variance with the contents in the system bill of lading, which fuelled the suspicion, and consequently, the two containers were taken to the Enforcement Unit for 100 percent examination, where the dis­coveries were made.

Bashar noted that these pro­cedures were adopted “to ensure that all imports are electronically monitored with a view to identifying non-compliant declarations and other infractions which could jeopardize the change ideology of the service.”

The containers were received by the Chief Regulatory Officer, NAFDAC Port Health, Tincan Is­land Port, Abubakar Salisu Abdu, on behalf the NAFDAC Director-General, for further investigations on the drugs and prosecution of suspects.

Handing over the containers to NAFDAC officials, Bashar reiter­ated that the command would be a model port where compliant trad­ers would enjoy the agency’s trade facilitation tools created in line with global best practices, adding that the infraction falls under false declaration.

He enjoined importers and their agents to continually uphold the tenets of integrity and due dili­gence in their declarations as any­thing contrary would be viewed se­riously.

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