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Nigeria’s vehicle imports drop 80% due to Forex





Imported vehicles waiting for clearing

The prevalent unfavourable forex regime has continued to reduced the volume of vehicles imported through the Nigerian ports, the Operations Manager, Ports and Terminal Multiservices Ltd. (PTML), Jack Angrish has said.

Angrish said that the unstable and high cost of the US dollar over the local currency did not encourage vehicle trade as many vehicle seats remained empty with vehicle importation dropping by 80 per cent from about 30,000 to just 6,000.

Angrish told our correspondent on Saturday in Lagos that “this is time for the vehicle business operators to pool their resources together to facilitate domestic manufacturing’’.

He appreciated the courage of the management of LADOL Ltd., for thinking in that direction and urged others to align in that direction.

According to him, the country will be insulated from the vagaries of dollar if businesses begin to look inward and improve on available start points.

“Vehicle imports have reduced from 30,000 to 6,000 in the last six months with the attendant problem of loss of jobs by terminal officials.

“Many vehicle seats are empty and this is the last quarter of the year.

“It is very unfortunate that the loss of Nigeria in terms of revenue on vehicle imports has continued to be the gains of the neighbouring ports of Cotonu and Lome,’’ the PTML manager said.

He said that cars were being smuggled into Nigeria and the revenue was going to ports of Cotonou and Lome.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.


  1. AN

    November 5, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    Angrish………what a name.

  2. Nystyle

    November 7, 2016 at 2:25 am

    Why won’t they use cotonouu or lome when Lagos customs will not let people rest with seizing property until you bribe millions worth more than the cost of the goods.

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