Importers of used vehicles across Nigeria have adjusted their prices following the volatile exchange rates in the country and the incessant adjustments of FX for cargo clearance by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).

Since February 2024, the NCS has adjusted exchange rates more than six times, with some happening within 24 hours.

Importers say the adjustments cause fluctuations in the prices of imported vehicles and make imports uncertain as they are unsure of the next move by the customs.

Checks on some imported brands show that the cost of Toyota vehicles has skyrocketed.

Some dealers now quote the Toyota Camry 2006 model at almost N4 million against the N1.2 million quoted in 2022. While Toyota Camry 1014 model sells for as much as N12.5 million as against the N5 million previously sold in 2002.

Toyota Sienna XLE 7 passengers, which sold for N5 million in 2022, now sell for N9 million. The NCS has only announced a reduction in forex for goods clearance once the naira is appreciated against the dollar.

According to statistics, the total value of Nigeria’s used vehicle imports increased from N325.05 billion in 2022 to N1,063 trillion in 2023, an increase of 226.46% every year.

In the same period, the value of used vehicles brought into Nigeria spiked by N736 billion compared to the 2022 records, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) report on foreign trade for 2023.

The spike recorded in the period is due to the massive increase in vehicle imports for the second quarter of 2023, at N733 billion, representing 69% of total imports for 2023.

Nigeria’s used vehicle imports for Q1 2002 stood at N72.32 billion, a decline to N69.48 billion in the review year.

The value of vehicle imports rise in the second quarter of 2023; from N96.76 billion recorded in 2022 to N733.91 billion.

In Q3 2023, the amount declined to N138.50 billion compared to N90.77 billion recorded in 2022. Reports say that in the quarter of 2023, Nigeria imported used vehicles valued at N121.83 billion, which is almost the exact figure recorded in 2022 at N65.19 billion.

Experts say the naira devaluation and continued increase in FX rates will impact the prices of used vehicles in the country.

Another report indicates that Nigeria’s used vehicle imports declined by 47% in 2022 due to the economic downturn.

According to The Sun report, vehicle dealers point out that the worrying development results from the naira's sharp fall amid market volatility. Other contributing factors are hefty customs, levies, taxes, the Nigeria Customs Service's (NCS) VIN valuation policy, increased poverty, and diminished consumer purchasing power.

Nigeria customs grants 90-day grace to vehicle importers

Meanwhile the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) had introduced a 90-day opportunity to adjust import duties concerning specific vehicle categories.

This adjustment process involved meticulously completing all importation paperwork and inspections to ensure compliance with the standards set by the federal government.

This was because the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) announced that the exchange rate for computing customs duties at the nation's seaports was slashed by 1.9%.



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