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Customs advocates review of Automobile duty

       The Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Retired Colonel Hameed Ali has called for a downward review of the duty on imported vehicles (Automotive duty).

       Colonel Ali who made the call at a press briefing in Abuja to mark the 2019 International Customs Day said it would reduce smuggling of cars and loss of businesses to neibouring ports.

       Colonel Ali suggested that the duty be reviewed from thirty-five to ten percent.

       The Comptroller General of Customs who said the service was on a winning path pointed out that with the right tools revenue generated could be enhanced.

       On the attack of its operatives, Colonel Ali cautioned those involved to desist as the Nigeria Customs Service would deal decisively with anyone culpable.

       He also said that the Service was working with other sister security agencies to ensure that the borders were fool proof to those intending to import weapons to scuttle the general elections.

       The Secretary General of World Customs Organization, Kunio Mikuriya in a message read by the Deputy Comtroller General Strategic Research and Policy, NCS, Ronke Olobiye urged members to redouble efforts to ease cross border movement.

The International Customs Day is celebrated on January 26 every year to draw attention of the global community towards a particular aspect of Customs functions and challenges.

This year has as its theme: SMART borders for seamless Trade, Travel and Transport.

Annabel Nwachekwu  

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