From January 2017, importation of vehicles through the land borders will be banned.The development is in line with a new prohibition order issued by the Federal Government to that effect. The ban covers all new and used vehicles.
In a statement by the Public Relations Officer of Customs, Wale Adeniyi, “The prohibition order covers all new and used vehicles. “The ban is sequel to a Presidential Directive restricting all vehicle imports to Nigeria Sea Ports only. “The order takes effect from 1st January 2017.” he said,
“The restriction on importation of vehicles follows that of Rice, whose imports have been banned through the land borders since April 2016. “Importers of vehicles through the land borders are requested to utilise the grace up till 31st December 2016 to clear their vehicle imports landed in neighbouring ports.” the statement concluded.
It will be recalled that the Federal Government last Friday in a public forum on automotive industry, stated that it would ban the importation of vehicles through land borders and enforce the presentation of road worthiness certificates on such vehicles from their countries of origin before allowing them into the country.