VEHICLE DUTY: Customs Disobeys Senate On 31 Days Ultimatum
Nigerian Customs Service has disobeyed the senate on the directive to suspend the 31 days ultimatum given to vehicle owners who have not paid duties on their vehicles.
On Wednesday, the the Nigeria Customs insisted that there was no going back on the directive despite what the senators said.
The Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (retd.) had last Thursday approved a grace period of one month from Monday, March 13 to Wednesday, April 12, 2017 for owners of all vehicles within the country whose correct customs duties had not been fully paid to do so.
But the Senate had on Tuesday asked the agency to suspend the policy until the Comptroller appears before and made some more explanations.
However, speaking at a media briefing yesterday, the Acting Public Relations Officer of Customs, Joseph Attah, said the one-month grace period is still in force.
He said that in a bid to reduce the burden of the duty payment on Nigerians, a rebate of 60 per cent has been approved by the Customs for vehicles imported before 2016.
According to him, “Payment remains Monday, March 13 to Wednesday, April 12; the points of payments, with exemption of Lagos and Port-Harcourt, will now be the nearest Customs area command. Private vehicle owners who know that duty has not been paid on their vehicles can take advantage of this grace period to do so.
“Therefore, owners of such vehicles or their representatives are expected to go to the nearest pay-point for assessment and payment. It should be noted that the 60 per cent rebate applies only within the grace period.”