Ban remains on vehicle importation through land borders- Customs CG

The CGC,  Col. Hameed Ali(rtd)

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Thursday restated its resolve on the continued ban on importation of vehicles through the nation’s land borders.

The Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd) made the clarification on the policy decision during the inauguration of the connectivity platform between Nigeria and the Republic of Benin, which took place in Seme.
Ali said the federal government was not opening the land borders for used vehicles importation.
The connectivity platform was established by the European Union at Seme Border to improve trade facilitation between Nigeria and Benin Republic.
The Customs CG called on importers, customs agents and others to see the connectivity platform as designed to ensure trade facilitation.
He was confident that the platform would do well in assisting genuine importers as against smugglers.
He said, “We are expecting compliance, and we shall get compliance; where individual decides not to comply, then the customs will ensure there is no illicit trafficking between the two countries.
“At the initial stage, I do expect some challenges before our traders get used to the system; there is always an apprehension when it comes to ICT (Information and Communication Technology, people are not very comfortable.”
The Director-General of Benin Republic Customs, Sacco Charles, commended the initiative, and added that both countries had been working to achieve this for long.