By Steve Agbota

the National Council of Chief Executives of Licensed Customs Brokers (NCMDLCA) Chairman Lucky Amiwero has petitioned the Federal Government regarding the imposition of 15% Common External Tariff (CET) levy on imported vehicles by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).

Amiwero described the 15% CET on imported vehicles by customs as illegal, which is not backed by any law in the country.

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Amiwero, in a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, said the 15% CET levy on motor vehicles is against the Finance Act 2020 and other national laws on duties and levies. import.

According to him, the only levy approval for “motor vehicles of 8703 cars is five percent by the National Assembly and signed by the President.”

While calling for urgent intervention by the President on the matter, Amiwero said that due to the confusion of moving from the 15% NAC levy to the 15% CET levy without any supported legislation, many vehicles now sit abandoned at the port, racking up demurrage and rent, creating a serious bottleneck for revenue collection and a barrier to trade.

The letter reads in part as follows: “We wish to draw the attention of the Federal Government to the imposition of a 15% Common External Tariff (CET) levy on motor vehicles which is not supported by any law or approved in the Finance Act of 2020 and 2021 and not provided for in any law of the country and assessed on motor vehicles by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS)

“There is no 15% levy on motor vehicles or goods in the Common External Tariff (CET), the only approval is for the ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Levy (PLEC) of 0.5% , the introduction of the TEC LEVY is strange for our internal law and the ECOWAS convention on the assessment and recovery of import duties and levies.

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“The levy voted in the 2020 finance law approved for motor vehicles stipulates in particular: tractors (heading 8701) From 35 per cent at 5% and Motor Vehicle Tax for transporting more than ten people (HS heading 8702) from 35% to 10%,” he said.