The Nigeria Customs Service on Wednesday challenged the mandate of the Senate compelling them to suspend the planned clampdown on vehicles without import duty papers.
The Nigerian customs insisted that the one-month ultimatum for defaulter to get their papers ready and up to date still stands.
The Public Relations officer of Customs in a statement released on Wednesday insisted the deadline still stands noting that vehicles manufactured between 2016 and 2017 is not included;
“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.”
He added, “The 60 per cent rebate is to create a soft landing for people who are in possession of these vehicles. Sixty per cent rebate on the value of such vehicles across board from 2015 downward simply means 60 per cent of the total value, which means calculation will always be based on 40 per cent.
“Any private vehicle owners who wishes to take advantage of this period and pay duty will save himself a lot before the coming in of the system that will totally block him.
“Concerning the senators, I read in the media that they expect some kind of briefing from the Comptroller General. I’m confident that the kind of information that will be made available to them will help shape their opinions on the way forward in this process.”The Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (retd.) last Thursday confirmed a time frame of one month from Monday, March 13 to Wednesday, April 12, 2017 for all vehicle owners whose import duties have not been paid to do so.
He had in an statement advised motor dealers and private owners of such vehicles to visit the nearest Customs zonal office to pay the appropriate duties on them.
However, the order was dismisses by the upper chamber of the National Assembly, expressing that it is not in the Jurisdiction of NCS to execute such an order.