The Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (rtd) has approved a grace period of one month – Monday 13th March to Wednesday 12th April 2017 – for owners of all vehicles whose customs duty has not been paid to do so without delay.
Customs spokesman, Joseph Attah, in a statement advised all motor dealers and private owners of such vehicles to visit the nearest Customs Zonal Office to pay the appropriate Customs Duty on them.
According to Attah, the four Zonal Offices of the Nigeria Customs Service are: Zone A Headquarters, No. 1 Harvey Road, Yaba, Lagos; Zone B Headquarters, Kabala Doki, Kaduna; Zone C Headquarters, Nigeria Ports Authority, Port Harcourt and Zone D Headquarters, Yelwa Tudu Road, Bauchi State.
He added that “all persons in possession of such vehicles should take advantage of the grace period to pay appropriate duties on them, as there will be an aggressive anti-smuggling operation to seize as well as prosecute owners of such smuggled vehicles after the deadline of Wednesday 12th April, 2017.
“For the avoidance of doubt, all private car owners who are not sure of the authenticity of their vehicles customs documents can also approach the Zonal Offices to verify with a view to complying with the provision of the law.”