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NIGERIA BANS IMPORTS OF CARS THROUGH LAND BORDERS

Nigeria’s Federal Government has banned the importation of all new and used vehicles through the country’s land borders, says Wale Adeniyi, the Nigeria Customs Service Public Relations Officer.

Adeniyi said here Monday that the ban was a follow-up to a presidential directive restricting all vehicle imports to Nigeria’s sea ports only, adding that the order would take effect from Jan 1, 2017.

The restriction on importation of vehicles follows that on rice; the import of rice through land borders has been banned since April 2016.

Importers of vehicles through the land borders have been a grace period until Dec 31, 2016 to clear their vehicle imports landed in ports in neighbouring countries, said Adeniyi.

Meanwhile, Senate President Bukola Saraki said the Senate would accelerate the repeal and re-enactment of the Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA) of 1958 to check corrupt practices and boost revenue generation.

Speaking at a public hearing on the Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA) Repeal and Re-enactment Bill (2016), organized by Senate Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff, he said the Senate was poised to pass the Bill before the end of 2016 to block revenue leakages as well as ensure transparency and accountability in the Customs Service.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK