Customs bans importation of cars; issues message to importers

The Nigerian Customs Service has placed a ban on the importation of vehicles through the land border.

In a statement signed by Wale Adeniyi who is the public relation officer of the customs service, he revealed that the ban takes effect from January1, 2017.

The ban is said to come from President Muhammadu Buhari just like the ban  on the importation of rice.

Read the statement below:

Importation of vehicles into Nigeria through the land Borders have been banned by the Federal Government. The prohibition order covers all new and used vehicles.

The Ban is sequel to a Presidential Directive restricting all vehicle imports to Nigeria Sea Ports only. The order takes effect from 1st January 2017.

The restriction on importation of vehicles follows that of Rice, whose imports have been banned through the land Borders since April 2016.

Importers of vehicles through the land borders are requested to utilize the grace period up till 31st December 2016 to clear their vehicle imports landed in neighbouring Ports.

Meanwhile, operatives of the customs service carried out anti-smuggling operations that has resulted in the seizure of 29 prohibited items with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N1,074,099,739.00 and under payment recovered of over N54 million.

In a statement by Ifeoma Onuigbo who is the public relations officer of  the Federal Operations Unit Zone C, Owerri of the service, it was revealed that the confiscated items include 2,522 bags of 50 kg foreign rice, 61,333 cartons of imported foreign poultry products, 720 cartons of foreign vegetable oil, 1,618 cartons 1,466 pieces of furniture, 269 pieces of unused tyres, 59 cartons and 1,964 pieces of spare parts, 39 pieces of used compressors, 29 bales of second hand clothing as well as 480 pairs of used shoes and 9 vehicles of assorted types.