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Use official FX Rate For Import Duty, CBN tells Customs

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has directed the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) to adopt the same forex rate for the importation of goods to…

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has directed the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) to adopt the same forex rate for the importation of goods to its clearance in the country.

Hassan Mahmud, the apex bank’s Director of Trade and Exchange Department, said this in a circular on Friday.

The CBN said the constant changes in customs duties rates had led to pricing irregularities, resulting in unpredictable increases in the final cost of goods in the market.

The NCS was instructed to adopt the FX closing rate on the date of Form M submission by importers for the clearance of goods and import duty assessment.

The directive, according to the circular, is aimed at curbing the disruptions caused by frequent updates on the customs website regarding forex market liberalization.

It reads: “Following the liberalization of the FX market on Willing Buyer-Willing Seller trading principle, the Central Bank of Nigeria has noted the concerns of Importers of goods and services in the irregular changes in the Import Duty Assessment levies applied by the Nigeria Custom Service

“These developments have further built uncertainties around the pricing structure of goods and services in the economy and creating abnormal increases in the final sale prices of items, which is largely driven by uncertainties, rather than traditional market fundamentals, with implications to near term inflation trends.

“To this effect, the Central Bank of Nigeria wishes to advise that the Nigeria Custom Service and other related Parties adopt the closing FX rate on the date of opening Form M for the importation of goods, as the FX rate to be used for Import Duty Assessment. This rate remains. valid until the date of termination of the importation and clearance of goods by importers.

“This would enable the Nigeria Custom Service and the importers to effectively plan appropriately and reduce the uncertainties around varying daily exchange rate in determining their revenue or cost structure, respectively

“Therefore, effective 26 February 2024, the closing rate on the date of opening of Form M for the importation of goods and services would be the rates that would apply for the assessment. of import duty. This supersedes the requirements of Memorandum 9, J (2) of the Central Bank of Nigeria Foreign Exchange Manual. (Revised Edition), 2018.

“While the CBN is mindful of the initial volatility and price distortions in the aftermath of the FX market liberalization, the Bank is confident that these reforms, would in the medium term, ensure stability in the market and entrench market confidence necessary to attract investment capital for the growth and development of the Nigerian economy.”

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