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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  • evidence

    Buhari’s daura economic policies is crippling local businesses and chasing away foreign investors.

    • musa aliyu

      No he’s chasing 419ers who vainly tell themselves lies that they are economic engine room of Nigeria, who think that it is their right to rule and enslave others,, but to their utmost chagrin, those they consider weak are their permanent lords.

      • evidence

        You guys have sold your brains for nought. Anybody that complains about buhari’s style of leadership is either a thief or 419 or corrupt. You have turned a human being like you to a god. Genuine business men and women are complaining, Nigeria that used to be the largest economy in Africa and the number one in FDI is now among the worst economy in Africa under seven months, because of buhari’s crippling economic policies, companies are shutting down while other are retrenching to survive,yet you have refused to use your brain. ‎

        • musa aliyu

          When you had a sister who told lies to the world that there was a phyrhic economic gain they sustained through borrowings used by your brothers to import toothpicks. We don’t need your imports. If you’re not satisfied go to Ghana or jump into the ocean.

          • Jakadiya

            Let him jump into the Lagoon first.

  • musa aliyu

    But he should have given us indices of the various “high” tariff

  • Du Covenant

    All these fake associations should go and start farming and stop fleecing people at the ports. Everyone knows the so called clearing agents are errant boys of the corrupt custom service who steal most of the money paid as import duties, let them go and do something else. Nigeria should have a system where the use of these errant boys is the exception rather than the rule!.

  • MI

    We can’t remain import dependent and at sametime create jobs for our teeming graduates and other Nigerians. High tariffs, especially on items we can easily make here or do without, are necessary to discourage imports and encourage and protect local production. It’s called protecting the local market/jobs. We shouldn’t use our meager forex to sustain other countries’ employment profile or job market at the expense of ours. Recent example, immediately, the US started producing crude oil from shale deposits, they stopped buying our crude irrespective of our need for those income to pay salaries and finance capital projects. Repatriating our forex to import all sorts of items is history, I can easily tell you that for free. We better start looking inwards cos we have no choice than to create employment to millions of Nigerians who are without jobs. That is what will secure our country rather than worrying about a few who have money and can easily relocate from one place to the other.
    Every year we pour into the labour market more than 100,000 graduates, but less than 5000 get employed mostly under employed. That’s not the future of Nigeria. Importers and manufacturers of goods consumed in Nigeria should site their factories here. For those who have relocated should try other countries whether is the US, UK, Europe, China, India, Malayasia, Brazil and see the tariffs. It’s ‘logical’ economics.

  • Burning Spear

    Buhari introuced the same old fashioned-satanic economic policies over 30 years ago—–they ended up destroying the economy of Nigeria Mnay industrioes packed up—Until Jonathan came to the reccue 30 years after-Sadly Buhari has started his rubbish again–Some few months ago–we had Nigerians operate a dollar account-Suddenly from no where came Buhari with the order for such accounts to be closed—Nigerian residng abroad who often remitted money back home, through such accounts–had to take off-Now the country is in dir need of dollars—-We usually impose high tarrifs on goods–with a view to protecting the local industries—Which Industires are we trying to protect–with our socalled high tarrifs-now?—when we still import fuel—-? Do Nigerians know how much we would have saved if we had depended on our local refineries? 55 years after our freedom we are still buying pertrol from abroad and some are here talking about sahel oil-The Yankees took a risk to stop the importation of crude oil–what efforts are we making to end the importation of petrol–?Is it be accusing Jonathan and blaming him for our woes—-as Buhari has been doing for the past 7 months?—–Buhari imposing a novice who does not know anything about the issues that border on customs tarrif on the Nation? The current head of Custom Rtd Col Ali does not know his left from his right-Under Dikko Nigeria collected more revenue than we are doing now even with the high tarrif——Buhari is killing Nigeria–period———————-

  • Burning Spear

    Buhari introuced the same old fashioned-satanic economic policies over 30 years ago—–they ended up destroying the economy of Nigeria. Many industries packed up—Until Jonathan came to the rescue 30 years after-Sadly Buhari has started his rubbish again–Some few months ago–we had Nigerians operate a dollar account-Suddenly from no where came Buhari with the order for such accounts to be closed—Nigerian residng abroad who often remitted money back home, through such accounts–had to take off-Now the country is in dir need of dollars—-We usually impose high tarrifs on goods–with a view to protecting the local industries—Which Industires are we trying to protect-in Nigeria-with our socalled high tarrifs-now?—when we still import fuel—-? Do Nigerians know how much we would have saved if we had depended on our local refineries? 55 years after our freedom, we are still buying pertrol from abroad –And some APC apes are here talking about sahel oil-The Yankees took a risk to stop the importation of crude oil–what efforts are we making to end the importation of petrol–? How many customers has Buhari been able to get to buy my crude oil since the Yankees who imposed Buhari on us took off? Instead of him to improve the agric sector he is busy accusing Jonathan and blaming him for our 55 years old woes—What has Buhar been doing for the past 7 months?—–Besides imposing a novice who does not know anything about the issues that border on customs tarrif on the Nation? The current head of Custom Rtd Col Ali, does not know his left from his right-Under Dikko Nigeria collected more revenue than we are doing now even with the high tarrif——Buhari is killing Nigeria-time for him to quit is now——period———————-

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