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Customs commits to unwavering facilitating compliance, approves 90-day payment window for improperly imported vehicles

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has demonstrated its unwavering commitment to facilitating compliance in the industry by announcing a 90-day window for regularising import duties for improperly imported vehicles.

 

In a statement signed by the NCS National Spokesman, Abdullahi Maiwada, on Sunday, the Service urged stakeholders to capitalise on the opportunity within the stipulated timeframe.

Maiwada warned however, that vehicles seized and condemned will not be released under this arrangement and shall be forfeited to the Federal Government in accordance with existing regulations.

According to the Customs statement, “In a proactive move to enhance compliance and streamline import processes, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), under the directive of the Honourable Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, is pleased to announce a 90-day window for regularising import duties on specific categories of vehicles.

“This initiative applies solely to vehicles imported into Nigeria where the requisite customs duty has not been fulfilled or vehicles detained due to undervaluation.

“While we strive for inclusivity, it is important to clarify that vehicles seized and condemned will not be released under this arrangement and shall be forfeited to the Federal Government in accordance with existing regulations.

“All vehicle owners, importers, and agents seeking to regularise import duties on their vehicles are required to apply to the Zonal Coordinators (Zones A, B, C, and D) and CAC FCT Command.

They must submit the necessary available documents and process Vreg in line with the Federal Ministry of Finance directives for the registration of imported motor vehicles.

“Valuation and assessment of the vehicles will be carried out using the VIN valuation method. Import duty and a 25% penalty shall be paid in tandem with the import guidelines, procedures, and documentation requirements for used vehicles under the Destination Inspection Scheme in Nigeria (2013) and the Nigeria Customs Service Act 2023. Also, duty payments must be made using the Procedure Code specifically created for this exercise.

“This initiative reflects our unwavering commitment to facilitating compliance. We encourage all stakeholders to capitalise on this opportunity within the stipulated timeframe.”

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