Vehicles trapped at Idiroko, Seme borders following import ban

Cars are waiting at Seme and Idiroko borders because of ban on car imports through land

Several imported vehicles are now trapped at Nigeria’s land border at Seme in Lagos state and Idiroko in Ogun state, following the take off of the ban of vehicles through the land borders as from January 1.

The Nigeria Customs Service which is now enforcing the ban had directed that imported vehicle should be brought into the country through the seaports.

Spokesman of the Customs at the Seme border, Selechang Taupyen, said that Customs personnel had been deployed to strategic points to enforce the ban, warning that any smuggled vehicle will be seized and confiscated, while the importer will  be prosecuted.

Last Friday, Chairman of the Association of Licensed Customs Agents, Bisiriyu Danu, speaking at the Seme border with Benin Republic, called for the extension of the import ban by three weeks to enable its members clear their vehicles in Benin Republic.

He accused the Customs of refusing as at last December 30 to accept payment of duties on vehicles at the Seme border.


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