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FG Lifts Ban on Importation of Furniture & Textiles




The federal government has lifted the embargo on the importation of textile materials into the country.

Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, (NCS), Alhaji Abdullahi Dikko, confirmed the news on Tuesday, Vanguard reports.
Dikko said that Nigerians can now import textile materials subject to payment of right duty, and that the items were removed from the prohibition list in line with the laws guiding the CET regime. “Textile, furniture and others have become dutiable as both commodities have been removed from the Import Prohibition Lists and it is going to be implemented” he said.
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  1. Chinma Eke

    June 24, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Imported fabrics have been smuggled in for years, thankfully, now the importers will pay taxes rather than bribe.

    • or

      June 24, 2015 at 11:00 am

      @Chinima even though they smuggle them in ,they are in small quantity thereby enable the local textile companies to thrive.
      Banning does not mean people will completely not smuggle in,even banned substance are still found in Asia even with capital punishment.
      The idea of banning is to reduce to the barest minimum.

      Think it pays the Northerners whose textile products smuggled where destroyed.
      It will benefit the Northerners so Bring it on Buhari.

      The truth is he will kill our local textile companies.

    • honey

      June 24, 2015 at 12:22 pm

      Benefit the northerners?!!!!

      Who does owambe the most? Who buys/wears lace the most? The truth is the ban has not worked as these materials are still being shipped into the country a lot. Not in small quantities o but in containers upon containers. Do you think all those textiles in Balogun are manufactured in Nigeria?

      What will help the textile industry is power and favourable policies. This will bring the price of local materials down and force the imported ones out of the market. Almost all the textile coys packed up or moved to Ghana due to high cost of operation just like Dunlop, Michelin and the others

    • SLA

      June 24, 2015 at 12:23 pm

      But are the local textiles producing enough to satisfy the market demand? Last I checked, most fabrics in Nigeria are still imported. So I think it’s better to open up the market and let local producers also compete. and no I doubt if this will only favor the northerners, no region is excluded.

    • Chinma Eke

      June 24, 2015 at 1:33 pm

      Is the local textile industry thriving? That’s an honest question, because I see a lot more imported fabrics in the market than supposedly locally made, and I sell fabrics.

  2. rj

    June 24, 2015 at 10:16 am

    What ban??!!! *looksleftandrightandreturnstomymagazineinmyaustrianlacedresssittingonmyitalianleatherchair*

  3. Fols

    June 24, 2015 at 10:27 am

    As in, who have you all been kidding all along? Those chord, lace, etc fabrics were manufactured in which factory here in Naij? And they’ve been openly sold in the markets all this while. Naija Customs been dirty as hell since 1960!

  4. nene+

    June 24, 2015 at 10:39 am

    This doesn’t seem wise.
    You will only kill our local manufacturers/Textile companies and inhibit employment.

    • AsMyself

      June 24, 2015 at 10:59 am

      Not really. Competition is good.

    • mrs chidukane

      June 24, 2015 at 11:01 am

      Which local manufacturers and textile companies? News flash, all this Ankara and co you see people wearing is NOT produced in Nigeria. The Chinese and some other people produce them. Woodin and the other expensive ones are made by the dutch. No lace fabric is made in Nigeria. In fact, I think I can boldly say only Adire and some tie dye is made here and how many people can afford those? It’s in everyone’s best interest that the ban is lifted because FG is losing revenue to Custom officers who collect hundreds of thousands in bribes from importers. I applaud this move.

    • nene+

      June 24, 2015 at 11:42 am

      @Mrs Chidukane,you do not solve a problem with another big problem.
      Yes we may not produce adequately now due to electricity,Insecurity,network,human resources,capital etc but surely this is not a solution.
      So they should stop encouraging Nigerian companies?
      Import Tissue rolls,drinks ,beverages,milk because we have bounty tissue rolls,Freedom,Imported sanitary pads,cranberry drinks,carnation milk,John West Sardine etc? and kill Milo,peak milk and close Friesland ,Nestle, Nigerian brewries etc completely cos their competitors are in the market?

      Hmmm na waooo

    • NJ

      June 24, 2015 at 3:08 pm

      You are so right, and customs do not collect hundreds of thousands. They collect millions of naira, at least 5.2 million to clear one 40ft container of fabrics or furniture. The lifting of this bann is definitely in the interest of the country and Nigeria as a whole.

    • JK

      June 25, 2015 at 5:41 am

      Thank you Mrs Chidukane.You nailed it.
      Some people can be so myopic in their thinking and like to see things from just one angle!
      Didnt Buhari even establish textile companies when he was Military Head of state? He is definitely not doing this for selfish motive! This step is simply to curb corrupt practices. Yes in China, Ankara factories are many! And the business is controlled mainly by Nigerians..this I saw for myself!

  5. me

    June 24, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Abeg abeg that ban was a scam and they have realised it. At least now they will pay tax. FG should ban cable and building materials

  6. cindy

    June 24, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    Bad idea………..anything to earn extra income for the country.

  7. NJ

    June 24, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    This is amazing news… from not being a Buhari supporter at all to chewing my own words and having to shout “SAI BUHARI”. This bann affects me directly and I am so happy. May God bless Buhari.

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