Importation Ban: Custom Seize About 10,000 Vehicles

By Ikenga Chronicles January 13, 2017

Importation Ban: Custom Seize About 10,000 Vehicles

The Nigerian Customs Service(NCS) said that it has seized over 10,000 Nigeria bound vehicles in ports of neighbouring countries following the ban of such cargoes coming in through land borders.
The Acting Public Relations Officer of the Service, Mr. Joseph Atta, who disclosed this said the agency was surprised that the  volume of trapped vehicles reached that figure in 10 days.
According to Atta, the  vehicles properly imported through the land borders between January 2014 and December 2016 was 209,691 with N38.5 billion paid as duty, while it seized another 5, 998 with a duty value of N10.2 billion Duty rates for vehicles
Recall that the Comptroller General of the service, Col. Hammed Ali(retd) had stated that despite having the same  duty rates at both land and seaports, importers still smuggled through the porous borders or compromised his officers.
Ali said, “Regrettably, despite Nigeria’s bigger and more equipped port facilities, statistics has shown that more than 90 percent of vehicles imported to neighbouring countries are normally on transit to Nigerian market.”
In his reaction, the National Publicity Secretary of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents(ANLCA), Mr. Kayode Farinto, said the volume of trapped vehicles will increase as result of the urgency of the ban implementation.
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