Wednesday, 13 November 2013

How DHL Staffs Has been working With Customs To Defraud Nigerians

It is common knowledge that the bane of economic decadence in Nigeria is corruption and despite the things put in place by the government to fight this monster it is however becoming more pronounced every day. It has even finds its way into some organization that are otherwise known to be holding their value and example which is the leading courier service company the DHL.  

It was recently gathered that the international courier company has turned to haven where fraud is being perpetrated against its customers. It was reliably gathered that the DHL staffs now go out of their way by charge their customers what they ordinarily call duty. The duty according to the source is an amount you must pay before your package is released to you.

Investigation revealed that the DHL staffs are fond of giving outrageous bills to customers that approach them for information about goods sent through their company, an example is one Samuel who imported some goods which was manufactured for an amount less than N60,000 only to be given a payable duty of almost N110,000 and this is after he had paid for freighting the goods to Nigeria from china where the goods were manufactured. Whereas the duty according to officials of the courier company who issued it is to be paid to the customs and in the process directs the customer to the officials of the Nigerian Customs Service that are also in the premises of the company.  

The trick now is that the customs in the place who knew the charges are out of it and is unthinkable will then asked whoever is directed to them to pay halve the money but that it must be brought in cash against the fact that such duties are supposed to be paid into the bank after which the goods will then be released based only on phone call of the customs official, while the DHL staff that brought the business will later be paid.  

We can authoritatively say that this practice has been going on for more than two years now and this we gathered has ensure that many prospective Nigerian young business had been killed just because of this act of fraud, according to Mr. Olatunji who was forced to run his business at a loss sometimes last year when he received an order to supply some materials under a time frame and after he had make his findings on shipment and the rest he realized that he will still have little profit on the supply if he decided to use the DHL for moving it based on the price given to him on the goods, and it was completely a different story when after he had paid to have the goods brought to Nigeria and these corrupt organization to ask him to pay a duty that was calculated by adding the cost price of the goods to the cost of freighting it plus the insurance. The result is that the young business was killed because the owner had to borrow money to make the supply.  

However, the courier company claimed duty is only to be paid on goods that the bill of laden indicated are purchased for more than $500, while it was revealed that such duty has been paid on goods that the bill of laden show it was purchased for an amount that is lesser than $500 as they add other costs as stated above onto it for it to really accumulate, while many had abandoned their goods their when asked to pay more than the amount the goods were purchased and moved into the country, others had paid cash to these unscrupulous officials without receipt to have their goods released.


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