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Importers lament increase in import tarriff

12 June 2015, 18:10

Lagos - Following the implementation of the Economic Community of West African States’ Common External Tariff, importers and clearing agents had difficulties clearing their goods at Lagos ports, Punch reports.

The Nigeria Customs Service said the policy had taken effect on April 11, it was not enforced until Monday but the importers, who claimed not to be aware of this development, said many of them were asked to pay double what they use to pay as tariff on imported materials.

Also read: Customs orders implementation of new tariff measures

They also said the tension generated by the rate adjustment was heightened on Monday and Tuesday when they could not assess the Customs online portal.

All the 16 members of the ECOWAS, including Nigeria, had agreed to introduce a uniform import tariff, pegged at 35 per cent maximum, from January this year, to facilitate trade within the region.

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