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  • News - North West - Sokoto
  • Updated: May 15, 2024

Vehicle importers appeal to FG to lift restrictions on land borders

Vehicle importers appeal to FG to lift restrictions on land

The Association of Motor Dealers of Nigeria, AMDON, has appealed to the Federal Government to lift the restriction imposed on the importation of vehicles through land borders.

The chairman of the association in Sokoto State, Alhaji Manaur Zagi, made the appeal on Tuesday during a workshop organised by the Nigerian Customs Service, Sokoto/Zamfara area command to sensitise members on the ongoing 90-day  window period to regularise import duties on specific categories of vehicles.

According to Zagi, the closure has caused untold hardship and loss of means of livelihood to hundreds of people working in the vehicle importation chain thereby contributing to the insecurity in the Northwest.

“The restrictions have caused a lot of damage to the economy by causing untold hardship to many Nigerians,  hundreds of people working in the vehicle importation chain have lost their means of livelihood which is one of the major causes of insecurity especially in Northwest.

“The lift on the restriction we believe will bring ease of doing business and encourage compliance thereby discouraging smuggling", Zagi said.

In his remarks, the Comptroller of the Command, Kamal Mohammad, explained the momentous role the association play in the importation and sales of vehicles in the country.

According to him, the choice of AMDON members as participants in the work is in consideration of the critical role they play in the vehicle business.

The Controller further stated that the 90-day window period which commenced on the 4th of March 2024 to the 5th of July 2024, is the service effort under the leadership of Comptroller General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi to enhance compliance.

“Let me commend your association for your roles in the importation and sales of vehicles in the country.

“The 90-day window period given to Nigerians to regularise vehicles without duty which commenced on the 4th of March 2024 will lapse on 5th July 2024.

“We want you to make use of the windows which is part of the efforts of the service under the leadership of Comptroller General, Bashir Adewale, aimed at enhancing compliance", Kamal said.

He further submitted that the restriction of vehicle importation through land borders is a government fiscal policy, but promised to escalate the request of the AMDON, on lifting of restriction on land borders to the Headquarters.

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