The Controller-General of Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ali (retd), has revealed plans to ban vehicles that had been used for more than seven years from being imported into the country.
Hameed said this shortly after a budget defence session with the House of Representatives Committee on Customs and Excise in Abuja on Tuesday.
He said, “We are now working on a policy proposal that will reduce the years of the vehicles that will be imported into the country as used vehicles.
“Our own is to ensure that we have roadworthy vehicles and that is not to say that we want to kill our own home-grown industries.
“It is our hope that our own industries will begin to produce vehicles that we can afford to buy and reduce importation of used vehicles.”
Meanwhile, the House of Representatives’ Committee on Customs and Excise has proposed a revenue target of N1.56tn for the Nigeria Customs Service in 2021, up from the original N1.4tn proposition.
Reacting, Ali said that the African Continental Free Trade Area and the World Trade Organisation agreements entered into by Nigeria were already affecting the country’s revenue negatively, adding that the targets set by the Federal Government are based on some parameters and not based on actual computation.