Vehicles Trapped At Borders As Customs Implement Ban On Vehicles

Clearing agents operating at the nation’s border posts of Seme and Idiroko have raised the alarm that thousands of vehicles are trapped at the Idiroko and Seme Border due to the federal government’s policy restricting importation of new and used vehicles to the Seaports.
The agents who appealed to the Federal Government to extend the ban it placed on importation of used and new vehicles through the land borders by three months to allow importers, auto dealers clear backlog of vehicles trapped at the borders
Speaking, the Interim Chairman, Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), Idiroko Border, Elder Timothy Ayokunle said vehicles are trapped at the Nigeria end o the border because clearing agents were unable to make duty payment before the Customs server was shut down.
He said, “Vehicles are trapped at Idiroko borders, as at today, no one was able to clear vehicle except those who have made payment on or before Friday 30th of December. The inability to clear vehicles we all know was due to the FG’ policy.”
Elder Ayokunle however asked the government to extend the ban by another three months to allow importers clear backlog of vehicles trapped at the border.
“Now that customs server is shut, there is no way to bring this vehicles into Nigeria other than to reship them to Lagos ports which will be double expenses to importers and dealer.
Also speaking, his counterpart at Seme, Barr. Lasisi Fanu also called for extension of the ban to allow importers clear backlog of vehicles trapped at the border.
Fanu who is the Chairman, ANLCA, Seme Border said since Customs have started implementation of the policy, there is no way vehicles would be allowed into the country.
“Auto dealers who have made their payment and have captured are moving their vehicles out of the border but those who are unable to make payment or capture their jobs before Customs closed their server then, I don’t know what will happen,” he stated.
‎He also reiterated the stance of the association on the appeal for three months grace period to clear backlog of vehicles at the border.
“Their is nothing anyone can do because Customs will not allow vehicles to go through the land borders and that is the reason we appealed to government to give us grace period of three months to allow those who have their vehicles at the border to remove it.
‎However, the Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Idiroko Command, Usman Abubarkar confirmed implementation of the policy saying his Command is combat ready to bring any importers or Smugglers found wanting to book.
His words, “The command has since redesigned it’s anti smuggling architecture to ensure that the policy has been adhered to the last letter as directed by the federal government of Nigeria. Our operatives are combat ready ready to bring any importer/ Smuggler found wanting,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd) has charged Officers and Men of the Service to ensure maximum collection of revenue and strict implementation of fiscal policy of Government.
The CGC also reiterated the Federal Government’s ban on importation of Rice and Vehicles through the land borders and asked senior officers of the service to ensure strict compliance.
Ali disclosed this yesterday after he approved the redeployment of 8 Assistant Comptrollers-General and 238 Deputy Comptrollers of Customs.
According to the press statement made available, the Assistant Comptrollers-General affected are:ACG Charles Edike from Zone A to Human Resource Development (HRD); ACG Ahmed Mohammed from HRD to Zone B; ACG Aminu Dangaladima from Zone B to Enforcement.
Others are, ACG Francis Dosumu from Enforcement to Zone D;ACG Augustine Chidi from Zone D to Excise, Free Trade Zone and Industrial Incentives (Ex,FTZ, & I I); ACG Monday Abueh from Ex,FTZ, & I I to Zone A;ACG Umar Sanusi from HQ to Zone C and ACG Abdulkadir Azerema from Zone C to HQ
The redeployment also affected the Service Public Relations Officer, DC Wale Adeniyi, who is now posted to Apapa Customs Area Command, Lagos.

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