Vehicles Trapped At Borders As Import Ban Begins


The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has kicked off the implementation of the policy banning importation of vehicles through the land borders with many vehicles trapped at the borders.

Selechang Taupyen, the Public Relations Officer of the NCS, Seme Command, told newsmen that the service had to comply with government’s fiscal policy.

Meanwhile, the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), Seme Chapter, disclosed that many vehicles were trapped at the border posts.

Taupyen said that officials of the command had been placed at strategic places to curb any form of smuggling of cars.

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 Federal Government has directed that importation of cars through the land borders should be banned and we are the agency that would enforce it so we have started with that.

“The border is close to the point of importation of cars and the command has placed its men and escorts at strategic places to ensure that there is no smuggling of cars through the border.

“We also have a good working relationship and synergy with other security agencies who assist us in enforcing this policy because we all work for the same government."



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