Customs to commence vehicle tariff reduction end of February

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The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) is to commence implementation of tariff reduction on vehicles before the end of this month.

The NCS Comptroller-General, Hameed Ali, made the announcement at the NAN Forum in Abuja on Sunday.

He said that the commencement of the policy followed the transmission of the directive to the NCS by the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning.

The Customs’ boss had said on January 26, that the NCS was awaiting directives from the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning on the implementation of the Act.

President Muhammadu Buhari signed the Finance Bill, 2020 into law on December 31, 2020, stipulating downward review of Excise Duty on tractors and motor vehicles for transportation.

“The Act has been transmitted to us. We received the minister’s mandate this week, to start working on it, although we have to develop certain regulations and measures on how we intend to implement the law.

“We have to change our codes to fit into the new law. You know that commercial vehicles levy is the only levy that has been reduced from 35 per cent to five per cent.

“So we have to change the codes to fit into the new law and we hope we’ll finish that in two days and the minister will have to look at it and agree that yes that is what we should do.

“I hope not too long from now, by next week or next two weeks, this law will come into effect. We will circulate it to our own commands to begin to operate.”

The Customs boss noted that the new law would help the country to have vehicles meant for transportation with reduced duty for the benefit of Nigerians.

He noted that the high duty paid had also resulted in increased smuggling of vehicles into the country.

Mr Ali disclosed that statistics available to the service showed that about 300,000 to 400,000 vehicles coming into Nigeria first stop in the Benin Republic before being smuggled into Nigeria.

He said that the reduction of duty, especially in the transport sector would make Nigeria have strong vehicles for conveying goods and services as well as passengers.

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