Auto dealers, stakeholders combat FG over plans to import China used cars

10/08/2019

Posted by: Chris Odogwu

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Auto dealers and stakeholders are kicking against FG's plans to imports used cars from China into the country, saying that would result in an economic catastrophe. See their points raised below!

Dust is still being raised over plans of the Federal Government of Nigeria to import used cars from China for the use of the masses. Car dealers, vehicle assemblers and concerned groups continue to fight for the decision to be dead on arrival.

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The plan of importing Chinese used cars to Nigeria was announced in August

It all started two months ago when announcements were made by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce regarding shipping used cars from their country to ten global markets, with Nigeria being on the list.

The planned shipment is in line with fulfilling the China Vehicle Sale – an initiative that was signed in a contract last year. According to reports, the arrangement would kick off with the importation of the first 300 used cars into the country soon.

Investigations by Naijauto showed that the used and old vehicle markets in Nigeria were dominated by Japanese brands. Japanese brands possess one third of the markets due to their perceived reliability by customers.

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Speaking to newsmen on the development, Kunle Jaiyesimi, Deputy Managing Director of Massilia Motors, stated that China wanted to push out their used fuel-based vehicles because they were moving towards an era of electric vehicle. According to him, they have a deadline to achieve that, and are working to meet up with it.  

The Managing Director further disclosed that importation of the cars into the country was of no good. He urged those projecting the policy to put the good of the country ahead of their personal interests.

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Jaiyesimi who is also the Vice Chairman, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, revealed that Nigeria might be the dumping ground of 20% of the total number of 260 million vehicles to be shipped out of China. Having these cars in Nigeria would come with some repercussions.

Mr Patrick Adenusi, Executive Director of Safety Beyond Borders, stated that it was shameful to import used cars from the Chinese. According to him, safety standard for automobiles in China is not the same as what it obtainable in Western countries. In his opinion, vehicles that are not suitable for the European and American markets have no place in Nigeria. He stressed that getting parts of these cars during repairs was another challenge that would be encountered.

Sharing his views, Mr Muda Yusuf, Director General of Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, disclosed that such cars were not covered in the prohibition list for imports.

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Rumor has it that some auto dealers in the country have indicated interest to market the used cars to be imported into the country. Debunking this, Mr Olawale Jimoh, Dana Motors Marketing Manager, said that no major dealer was involved in the arrangement. He further stated that allowing used cars from China into the country would ruin progress attained in the last few years as a result of the auto policy.

>>> For more stories about transportation in Nigeria, always visit Naijauto.com!

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Chris Odogwu is a Content Writer and Journalist. He holds a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from University of Jos and a master's degree in Mass Communication from University of Lagos. His works have been published in top local and international publications including Forbes, HuffPost, ThriveGlobal, TheNextScoop and Nigeria360 among others. A member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), the thrill he gets from writing about exotic cars feels almost the same as riding in them.

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