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Customs Makes U-turn, Suspends Duties on Vehicles


The Nigeria Customs Service has suspended its new policy on payment of import duties on vehicles.
This was contained in a statement, Wednesday, by Joseph Atta, Ag. Public Relations Officer of the Nigerian Customs.
The statement read: “Following the unnecessary tension generated as a result of misconception and misrepresentation of the Nigeria Customs Service planned motor duty payment, the leadership of the National Assembly and the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd) met with a view to resolving the impasse. They both agreed that the proposed motor duty payment, though in line with the provision of Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA) Cap C.45, LFN 2004 should be put on hold while the Senate Committee on Customs & 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, 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.”
Customs gave car owners one month to pay duties for their vehicles, for those who had not done so, vowing to prosecute defaulters.
The plan sparked controversy as many Nigerians complained about paying for cars that had already found their ways into the country.
The Customs Service initially defied a Senate demand th that the policy be put on hold, resulting in a standoff between both the Senate and Customs, culminating in the invitation of Customs boss, Ali, to appear before the Senate in uniform, which he turned down.

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