Eighty per cent of used vehicles imported into Nigeria are accidented, says the Chairman, Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents, TinCan Island chapter, Peter Akintoye.
Akintoye, in a chat with Financial Street on Thursday, explained that the situation would make it difficult to have a log for imported vehicles.
He was speaking against the backdrop of the controversy trailing the re-introduction of the log, by the Nigeria Customs Service, as a necessary requirement for the clearance of imported.
According to him, the owners of such vehicles do not know their whereabouts.
“Majority of the cars imported into the country are accidented. Go to the car park and see them for yourself. I can tell you that 85 per cent of vehicles that enter Nigeria today are accidented, and for most of them, even the whereabouts of the log is not known,” he said.
Akintoye frowned on the re-introduction of log by management of NCS.
“Most of the cars do not even have keys; they will get here before they start programming keys for them. And you are talking of logbook.
“How many of the used cars come in through the manufacturers? Even in America, you can buy a used car. Most of the auctioned cars were used in America. The car might have been re-sold five times and it lands in Nigeria as tokunbo, are you saying that the last buyer should start tracing the six people that used the car in order to get the log book?” he queried.
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