Car Dealers Protest Raid by Customs, Task Operatives on Use of Technology in Anti-smuggling

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The Association of Motor Dealers of Nigeria (AMDON) has protested against the raid of car marts by operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).
The association which called on the federal government to end sealing of car marts said the Nigeria Customs should use technology to fight smuggling as is the case in advanced countries instead of primitive method.
President of AMDON, Prince Adedoyin Ajibade who briefed newsmen in Abuja called on the Customs to treat dealers with respect as they contribute to the nation’s economy.
Ajibade also called on the Customs to regulate to importation and car dealership in the country.
He added that the Customs should create an enabling environment for the importers by reducing customs duty and ending unnecessary bureaucracy in clearing of goods.
Ajibade said it was important for the government to allow relevant agencies come together and check defaulters at the point of registration of vehicles.
He said, “We were in rude shock when we woke up to a new dimension of sealing of car marts for days without justification, only for the suspicions that 90 per cent of vehicles in the premises did not pay custom duty.
“Sealing of car shops can never be a solution to the issue of non-payment of duty. Most of the vehicles on our roads that did not pay customs duty are brought in by individuals who have no registered companies and do not pay taxes.
“It is a well-known fact that motor dealers have been grappling with similar difficulties for the past four years without any respite despite extending our hand of fellowship to the NCS in the collection of duties nationwide.”

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