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FG bans Importation of Vehicles through Land Borders



Hameed Ali, Comptroller-General Nigeria Customs Service (NCS)

Hameed Ali, Comptroller-General Nigeria Customs Service (NCS)

The Federal Government has banned the importation of vehicles into the country through land borders.

In a statement on Monday in Abuja, Wale Adeniyi, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Public Relations Officer, stated that “the prohibition order covers all new and used vehicles”.

Adeniyi also said the ban was sequel to a presidential directive restricting all vehicle imports to Nigeria’s Sea ports only, adding that the order takes effect from January 1, 2017.

“The restriction on importation of vehicles follows that of rice; import of rice through land borders has been banned since April 2016. Importers of vehicles through the land borders are requested to utilise the grace period until December 31, 2016 to clear their vehicle imports landed in neighbouring Ports,” Adeniyi said.


  1. IntelliJ

    December 5, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    The way we make and implement laws in this country is not good. How does the authorities expect the people to clear their goods within such a short grace period? Just setting up people to become lawless. We need to start doing things the right way.

  2. X-Factor

    December 5, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    Hell No! this is so wrong!

  3. Sammie

    December 5, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    This is not fair! What about law abiding, tax paying businesses that import cars through land borders? Why should they suffer? Why not increase the import duties ? Shouldn’t these issues be discussed in parliament?

    • tunmi

      December 5, 2016 at 9:57 pm

      If they increase the import duties, wouldn’t you complain and say they are frustrating businesses

      I get the intent of this. Nigeria doesn’t have the manpower to secure all its land borders. Having folks go through designated sea ports make sense.

    • Sammie

      December 5, 2016 at 10:35 pm

      But it’s a lot better than an outright ban. This plan also affects local businesses. People will lose their jobs!

  4. vesenna

    December 5, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    what nonsense how can they hold us captive, is about time we start taking law into our hands, we have respected this government enough, but it seems they dont even care if we die,

  5. Toluwalope

    December 5, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    Buhari, kuku kill us

  6. EE

    December 6, 2016 at 1:45 am

    Wait they are still people that can afford cars??? The must be clearly corrupt!!!

  7. nony

    December 6, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    1. This guy is absolutely gorgeous
    2. Why implement policies that cant be backed up by adequate infrastructure, needed to support the change.
    3. The fact that all this is going on behind going on closed doors means that corruption is not dead just new thieves with smarter strategies.

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