The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (rtd), has approved a grace period of one month, between March 13 to April 12, 2017 for owners of all vehicles within the country whose customs duty has not been paid, to do so.
He said all motor dealers and private owners of such vehicles are advised to visit the nearest customs zonal offices to pay the appropriate customs duty on them.
A statement by the acting Public Relations Officer of the service, Joseph Attah, said the four zonal offices of the 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.
The CGC therefore called on all persons in possession of such vehicles to take advantage of the grace period to pay appropriate duties on them, as there would be an aggressive anti-smuggling operation to seize as well as prosecute owners of such smuggled vehicles after the deadline of April 12, 2017.
According to him, 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.