Many Vehicles Trapped At Borders As Ban on Import Takes Off

By Ikenga Chronicles January 3, 2017

The Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) has disclosed that many vehicles were on Monday, January 2 trapped at the borders post following the implementation of the policy banning importation of vehicles through the land borders.

The Federal Government had on Dec. 5 placed a ban on importation of used and new vehicles through land borders with effect from Jan. 1, 2017.

The Chairman of ANLCA, Alhaji Bisiriyu Danu, said as at Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, the Customs Authorities asked the agents to stop payment of Customs duty on vehicles by 5 p.m.

He said that so many vehicles uncleared by Customs agents were as at this morning (Jan. 3, 2017) trapped at the ports of neighbouring countries.

A major stakeholder in Seme, Chief Sam Maduike, pleaded with the Federal Government to lift the ban.

“The policy is going to bring untold hardship to the masses as the average Nigerians cannot afford to buy a brand new car.

“Also many people rely on buying used vehicles as their means of livelihood but this policy is just going to worsen the situation of things in the country.

“The government should consider all these and ift the ban,” he said.

The President of the National Council of Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Agents, Mr Lucky Amiwero, told NAN that the Federal Government should inaugurate a committee to look critically at the implications of the ban on vehicle imports.

He said that government should also look at the risk of lives of Customs officers because there would be increase in smuggling.

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