In order to fight against some of the negative issues affecting it in respect to disposal of seized goods and other related matters, the Nigeria Customs Service has approved a new procedure outlining a guideline for handling contraband materials.

In this vein, has set up four committees to handle the disposal of these categories of goods.

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The new guidelines signed by the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hammed Ali (retd), said that perishable items with or without defendants are to be properly disposed of by the relevant committee.

According to the new rule, “Condemnation shall be done after 30 days of seizure, so far as there is no notice of claim or litigation.”

The guidelines also stipulate that all overtime cargos are to be published in the Federal Government’s gazette when they fall due after 30 days.