The Federal Government has banned the importation of vehicles into Nigeria through the land borders.
The prohibition order covers all new and used vehicles and takes effect from January one, twenty seventeen.
The ban is sequel to a presidential directive restricting all vehicle imports to the sea ports only.
The restriction on importation of vehicles follows that of rice, whose imports have been banned through the land borders since April this year.
The Director-General, National Automotive Design and Development Council, AMINU JALAL, who said this on behalf of the government, added that it was a means of controlling the influx of used vehicles, popularly called ‘Tokunbo’, into the country.
Stakeholders in the automotive industry had earlier called for strict regulation of the importation of vehicles, noting that poor implementation of the auto policy introduced in the last quarter of 2013 by former President GOODLUCK JONATHAN administration was driving down the volume of their products.
The auto policy prescribed the imposition of 70 per cent tariff on imported cars, both old and new ones.