Customs Suspends Import Duty Payment On Old Vehicles
The Nigeria Customs Service on Wednesday announced the suspension of the implementation of the payment of import duties on old vehicles.
The suspension is in compliance with an earlier directive by the Senate that the policy, which has generated controversies, should be suspended.
A statement by the Acting Public Relations Officer, NCS, Mr. Joseph Attah, stated that suspension of the policy would remain until the service got the support of the lawmakers in carrying out the exercise.
The statement read in part, “Following the unnecessary tension generated as a result of the misconception and misrepresentation of the Nigeria Customs Service’s planned motor duty payment, the leadership of the National Assembly and the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (retd.) met with a view to resolving the impasse.
“They both agreed that the proposed motor duty payment, though in line with the provision of the Customs and Excise Management Act Cap C.45, LFN 2004 should be put on hold while the Senate Committee on Customs and Excise interfaces with the NCS for further discussions.
“While payment of duty on vehicles or indeed any dutiable imported item remains a civic responsibility of every patriotic Nigerian, the NCS management has directed that the exercise be put on hold, while expressing readiness to engage the Senate committee on further discussions to bring them on board to understand the importance of the exercise to national security and economy.”