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ANCLA blames high tariff for rise in smuggling

Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents, ANLCA, has blamed the rise in smuggling in the country on government’s policy inconsistency and high tariff placed on some categories of imported goods.

One of the vessels used in smuggling oil

National President of ANLCA, Tony Iju Nwabunike, in an exclusive chat with Vanguard Maritime Report, said the situations are working contrary to the purpose for which they were introduced.

According to Nwabunike, “In totality, the policies and the import guidelines are also affecting the economy, government should relax its policies a little in areas where they cannot encourage the manufacturers effectively well, for example the production of tomato.

“The high tariff is equally a factor and that is why smuggling is on the rise because most of the smuggled goods are those with high tariff. If government reviews these policies, such goods will come into the country and duty will be paid on them.

“This will lead to reduction in the revenue lost to smuggling annually,” he noted.


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