Importers lament ‘high’ tariff by Nigeria Customs

FILE PHOTO: Customs officers

The National Association of Government Freight Forwarders, NAGAFF, on Sunday decried the ‘high’ tariff imposed on importers by the Nigeria Customs Service.

The Chairman of NAGAFF, Segun Musa, spoke with aviation correspondents at the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos.

Mr. Musa appealed to the Federal Government to review the policy, saying it was having an adverse effect on Nigerians involved in importation business.

According to him, the policy has forced many importers out of business while others have relocated out of the country in the last few months.

He called on the federal government to engage the private sector and stakeholders in policy formulation in order to get things right.

Mr. Musa said that the demise of some major industries in the country was caused by insecurity and lack of infrastructure and not due to importation.

He also advised the government to properly monitor the activities of customs officials toward blocking revenue leakages.

“The revenue leakage is more than the revenue collected in Nigeria, the tariff on imports are so high and that has taken a lot of businesses out Nigeria,” he said.

(NAN)

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