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Vehicle Importation Ban At Seme Border Remains In Effect- Custom

The freight forwarders had expressed their concerns about the negative impact of the ban when the former minister visited the border in February to inaugurate certain projects. At that time, the minister advised them to submit their requests in writing.

By Nengi Champion:

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has denied reports in the media suggesting that the Federal Government has lifted the ban on importing vehicles through the Seme border.

According to Mr. Hussaini Abdullahi, the Customs Public Relations Officer (CPRO) of the Seme Area Command, this claim is false. He clarified that although some freight forwarders wrote a proposal to the Federal Government following advice from the former Minister of States for Transportation, Prince Ademola Adegoroye, no official announcement has been made by the customs service regarding the lifting of the ban.

The freight forwarders had expressed their concerns about the negative impact of the ban when the former minister visited the border in February to inaugurate certain projects. At that time, the minister advised them to submit their requests in writing.

Abdullahi further explained that a recent visit by the Director of Road Transport in the Ministry of Transportation, Ibrahim Musa, confirmed that the letter from the freight forwarders had been received and passed on to higher authorities for consideration.

It should be noted that the Seme border was one of four land borders reopened by the Federal Government on December 16, 2020, following the August 21, 2019 directive to close Nigerian borders in order to combat smuggling of goods and weapons.

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