500,000 units of used vehicles valued at N575billion were imported into the country from the United States in just one year.
Despite the high import tariff regime aimed at discouraging imports and spurring local assembly, the amount of vehicles from the US alone represents 14.37 per cent of the $8billion spent on the importation of used vehicles into the country annually.
This is coming as two terminals at Tin Can Island Port- Five Stars Logistics and Port and Terminal Multi-services Limited (PTML)-are expected to take delivery of 550 units of used vehicles this week.
Data obtained from the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA)’s shipping position indicates that Glovis Clipper is expected to berth with 250units at Five Stars Logistic, while Repubblica Del Brasile will be moored with 300 units.
In May 2021, eight vessels also offloaded 2,850 units of used vehicles at PTML with Republican Argentina led by 300units, while Grande Morocco and Grand Lagos discharged 350 units and 400units respectively.
Also, 2,200 units were offloaded in February, 2021 by Grande Tema with 400 units; Grande Dakar, 400units; Grande Abidjan, 400units and Grande Senegal, 300 units, Grande Lagos, 400 units and Grande Argentina, 300 units.
Other vessels are Grande Cameroon with 350units; Gral. Sal Martin, 400units; Grande Abidjan, 400units; Grande Togo, 350units and Grande Senegal, 300 units. According to the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), Nigeria spends about $8 billion each year on imported vehicles.
In 2019 findings from international Trade Administration (ITA)’s vehicles statistics revealed that 666,748 units of vehicles were also shipped into the country, leading to a decline of 25.1 per cent in one year.
Also, the United States Census Bureau (USCB) said that America exported more than $158 million worth of vehicle spare parts and accessories to Nigeria in 2019, noting that half of Nigeria’s imports of used trucks, especially the Mack brand worth $105 million in the period.
It would be recalled that National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) had explained that Nigeria imported about N140billion of used vehicles in the first quarter of 2021 and N150 billion in the fourth quarter of 2020.
It was revealed that the Ports and Terminal Multi-services Limited (PTML) took delivery of 269,000 units or 65.53per cent of the 410,443 units that entered the country between 2017 and 2018.