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January 29, 2022

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Operators Confirm Commencement Of Zero Duty On Imported Aircraft, Spare Parts

The Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON), has confirmed the removal of mandatory seven per cent charges that airlines have paid, as the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) finally begun the implementation of zero surcharges on imported commercial aircraft and spares parts used by local airlines.
Though the Ministry of Aviation had rallied against the charges as part of measures to support local airlines, the Ministry of Finance and NCS had continued to impose the charges on operators.
According to reports the matter reached its peak recently at a Senate hearing where the AON renewed campaign against the charges, forcing lawmakers to intervene.
Vice-Chairman of the association, Allen Onyema, said it was on that occasion that the AON presented the issue of the partial implementation of the Finance Act 2020, which prohibits the payment of duties and VAT on imported aircraft and aircraft spares by the Customs Service.
“Of note was the presence of a seven per cent surcharge on the assessed duties, which was not supposed to be. This caused delays in the clearance of aircraft and aircraft spares leading to the grounding of aircraft that would have been flying.
“After the Senate meeting, the airlines contacted the Minister of Finance and Minister of Aviation on the aforementioned challenges, and both Ministers, as representatives of a responsible government, swung into action immediately.
“AON, for the avoidance of doubt, commends the Federal Government for its unflinching support for the growth of indigenous investments in Nigeria. This was very evident in the manner the government got this challenge addressed immediately within 48 hours to the joy of the airlines.
“We equally commend the Nigerian Customs Service for also assisting the airlines, including but not limited to Air Peace, in getting their aircraft spares and aircraft released. Our planes have since started flying,” Onyema said.      Operators, on Wesaid that the implementation has begun on July 7, 2021.

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