Vehicle Importation Ban – On Monday the Nigerian federal government placed a ban on the importation of vehicles through land borders.
The announcement was made in a statement by Wale Adeniyi, Public Relations Officer of Customs. It says that the ban affects all new and used vehicles that are imported via land borders.
“The prohibition order covers all new and used vehicles.”
Stopping the importation of vehicles by road in Nigeria serves as a follow up of the recent national order that all vehicle importation will have to be done by the Nigerian seaport.
The statement says that the order takes effect from January 1, 2017. In other words the government is giving importers, to whom it may concern, the whole of December to sort out their vehicle imports in neighboring ports.
“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 up till 31st December 2016 to clear their vehicle imports landed in neighboring ports.”
Rice importation through land borders was earlier restricted in April.
The Director-General, National Automotive Design and Development Council, Mr. Aminu Jalal, says that the ban will help to check the influx of used vehicles, popularly called ‘Tokunbo’, into the country.
The vehicle importation ban will also be in response to the request of reforming the existing auto-policy and import regulations.
While importers of new cars currently pay 70% tariff on imported cars, Tokunbo car owners/importers pay 35% as import duty.
The Nigerian federal government is in the process of implementing a more productive policy for vehicle importers.