Customs Move Against Importation of Used Tyres

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The Nigerian Customs Service says it has strengthened offensive operations against the importation of foreign – used pneumatic tyres, popularly known as Tokunbo tyres.

The Acting Comptroller General of Customs, Mr Bashir Adeniyi who announced this to journalists in Abeokuta said the move was aimed at safeguarding the nation from the risk of losing lives and property in preventable road accidents.

Adeniyi emphasized that a large percentage of the pneumatic tyres tailored for use in foreign countries had exceeded their recommended lifespan of four years from the manufacturing date and were deemed unsuitable for Nigerian highways.

Adeniyi explained that the recent operations of the Customs Service against illicit drugs were yielding results, evident in the interception of bags and parcels of Cannabis Sativa weighing above 1,000 kilogrammes by the Ogun 1 Area Command, under Zone A.

He listed other seizures recorded by the Command within the last one month to include 1,436 used pneumatic tyres, more than 3,000 bags of parboiled foreign rice in 50 kilogramme bags and 32 vehicles used for conveyance with the total duty paid value rising above 241 billion naira.

Adeniyi restated the Customs service unwavering commitment to safeguarding the country from potential road accidents , protecting society from the entry of harmful substances and ensuring the safety and well-being of Nigerians.

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