This online video shows exactly how some car dealers Smuggled cars into Nigeria from Cotonou.
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From the video, a Peugeot 206 is seen being driven through an untarred bush path out of Cotonou and into Nigeria. The car dealer of the Peugeot 206 did not bother paying any customs duty. Instead, they find an easier and cheaper way to drive the car out of Cotonu and into Nigeria.
Many Nigerians who have seen the video blame the increased cost of customs duty as one major reason most car dealers are opting for cheaper ways to buy and resell cars in the Nigerian market.
Here are some of the reactions to the post:
@idrees7065 commented, “You will now come and write “duty fully paid.”
@elevenperoo commented: “The car has passed thru alot. I am nt a fan of stressing a car this way. Most of them enter the country with broken suspension systems.”
@johnreese555 commented: “Nigerian Customs Service liked this post.”
@celebrity_automobile commented: “The car really waka, the car looks Masha Allah.”
How Cars Are Smuggled From Cotonou Into Nigeria
Cotonou is a major port city in Benin, and many cars are imported into the country through its port. These cars are often smuggled into neighbouring countries like Nigeria to avoid paying import duties and other taxes. One common method of smuggling cars from Cotonou into Nigeria is to bribe border officials to turn a blind eye to illegal activity.
Smugglers may also use back roads and other unofficial routes to avoid detection. Another method is to dismantle the cars into parts and transport them across the border in smaller pieces. Once in Nigeria, the parts can be reassembled to create a whole car. In recent years, the Nigerian government has cracked down on car smuggling and implemented stricter measures to prevent it.
These measures include the use of scanners to detect hidden cars and other goods at border checkpoints. It is important to note that car smuggling is illegal and can result in serious consequences for those involved. It is always better to follow legal channels and pay the appropriate import duties and taxes when importing a car.