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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
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.

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