Chair of the Ecowas mediation and security council on Mali, Daniel Kablan Duncan (Pius Utomi Ekpei, AFP)
Lagos - The Comptroller-General of Customs, Dikko Inde Abdullahi, has directed immediate enforcement of the tariff provisions of the Economic Community of West African States Common External Tariff (CET) 2015-2019.
He urged all stakeholders to ensure compliance with the new ECOWAS Tariff to enhance trade facilitation within and outside the region, said Wale Adeniyi, Public Relations Officer of the Comptroller-General of Customs.
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This follows Federal Government approving the implementation of the Economic Community of West African States Common External Tariff (CET) 2015-2019 and 2015 Fiscal Policy Measures.
The approval for the implementation of the new Tariff was conveyed in a statement signed by the Coordinating Minister for the Economy/Hon. Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iweala on Thursday.
The implementation of the ECOWAS CET (2015-2019) together with its Supplementary Protection Measures (SPM) and 2015 Fiscal Policy Measures occurs concurrently and will take effect from Saturday 2015 after the expiration of the 30 days notice required under the provisions of the ECOWAS CET.
By this development, as from 11th April 2015, all imports arriving into the country shall be subjected to the rates contained in the CET 2015- 2019 and 2015 Fiscal Measures without recourse to the rates applicable before the coming into effect of the ECOWAS CET 2015 2019.
The approved Supplementary Protection Measures (SPM)/Fiscal Policy Measures an Import Adjustment Tax (IAT) list which involves additional taxes on 177 Tariff Lines of the ECOWAS CET, a National List consisting of items whose Import duty rates have been reviewed to encourage more development in strategic sectors of the economy, an Import Prohibition List (Trade) and applicable only to certain goods originating from non-ECOWAS Countries.