Published On: Wed, Mar 8th, 2017

Pay duty or risk sanctions, Nigeria vehicle owners told

lagos trafficABUJA, (CAJ News) – NIGERIAN motorists have been advised to make use of a grace period to pay duty for their uncustomed vehicles by April 12 or face prosecution.
Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd), has
approved the adjustment of points of payment and 60 percent rebate across the board from 2015 downward to ease the process.
The grace period starts on Monday.
“While expecting motor dealers and indeed private owners of smuggled vehicles within the country to use this grace period to pay duty, it
should be noted that the service will intensify its statutory functions of anti-smuggling operation with a view to seizing and prosecuting owners of uncustomed vehicles and other goods,” said Joseph Attah, Customs spokesman.
Plans to speed the payment of duty are done in conjunction with Federal Inland Revenue Service, Vehicle Inspection Officers and Vehicles Identification Number Project.
It is hailed as bold step by the service to boost revenue and enhance national security.
Attah said the benefit of this collaboration was that those who did not pay duty on their vehicles would not be able to obtain licence and register them in Nigeria.
“We believe that when all vehicles are properly registered and owners’ identities tied to them, National Security will be enhanced.”
In December, Nigeria banned the importation of vehicles through its land borders to prevent smuggling.
CAJ News

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