THE Namibia Revenue Agency (NamRA) is intent on rooting out all undervaluation, misclassification, and non-declaration of goods passing through customs.
NamRA Commissioner, Sam Shivute said that they have identified a consistent pattern of revaluation, misclassification, and non-declaration by customs clearing agents, importers, exporters as well as the general public.
“These illegal practices deprive our country of much-needed revenue and it will not be tolerated any further,” he said.
According to Shivute, all consignment irregularly dealt with or suspected will be detained forthwith.
Shivute said that any customs clearing agent who is found to have contravened or failed to comply with any provision of the Customs and Excise Act no. 20 of 1998, will face the suspension of their license.
“NamRA will impose the maximum penalties provided for by the law on anybody who fails to heed the warning,” he said.
Shivute explained that NamRA will do everything possible to minimize disruption of services and regrets any inconvenience that may occur during the period of enforcement.
Customs clearing agents, importers, exporters, transporters, and the public are urged to comply with the customs and excise laws and ensure the accuracy of their trade data on their imports or exports to avoid inconveniences.