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Customs Re-Introduces Importation of Rice Through Land Borders



Hameed Ali, Comptroller-General Nigeria Customs Service (NCS)

Hameed Ali, Comptroller-General Nigeria Customs Service (NCS)

The Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd), has, Wednesday, ordered the immediate lifting of the ban on rice importation from import restriction list and the re-introduction of import duty payment at land borders, Vanguard reports.

This was made known by the Service’s Public Relations Officer, Wale Adeniyi in Abuja.

According to Adeniyi, the ban was only applicable to land borders prior to now.

The statement added that henceforth, all rice imports through land borders by rice traders would attract the prevailing import duty of 10% with 60% levy.

Adeniyi added that rice millers (preferential levy) with valid quota allocation would also attract duty rate of 10% with 20% levy on rice importation.

“Over the years importation has been restricted to the seaports because border authorities have found it difficult to effectively monitor and control importation of rice.

When the decision to ban it (rice) was taken it was not an effective measure because smuggling of the product thrives with people using different means of conveyance including small trucks, bicycles and even animals – putting them on donkeys and some actually carry it on their heads.

These new measures will be for customs to re-organize their anti-smuggling operations in the border areas and ensure that all those importers through the borders bring their rice through approved routes and pay their extant duty,” he said.


  1. Xristybabes

    October 9, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    Great news!!!

  2. Alexander Ogunshakin

    October 9, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    What the hell is going on in Nigeria?. Why the sudden change of heart? I don’t think these crops of Nigeria leaders knows exactly what to do with the Nigerian economy. Nothing seems to work for the Nigerian masses. Our current leaders needs to be extremely careful not to create an environment where only the rich thrive, while the poor does not.

  3. gbaskelebo

    October 9, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    cho cho cho laughing in Cantonese… Confused, rudderless,directionless, abysmally dismal, higgledy piggledy, topsy turvy, still they keep fellating the phalluses of insanity and mediocrity in their lucid state. How did we get into the hands of these fellows in power? I would really have loved to use the word “bull crap”, but that will give it form, “bull fart” is better . Well sha… nor be today! abegiii… second base jare!

  4. Ajala & Foodie

    October 10, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    Herein lies our problem, we never bother to think things through, I.e looking at things from different perspective before offering and jumping to conclusion. This story reminds me of our car mechanics in Nigeria. You take them your vehicle, instead of telling you that they don’t know what is wrong with your car and take their time and due diligence to figure what is wrong,they just make guesses at the problem. Before you know it you have spent thousands of Naira with no resolution.

    And just like the customers of the mechanics, we the general public are the ones that are paying the price for the bad decisions of these officials. I am no economist but common sense tells me that while I understand the need to strive to move us from a consumer based economy to a production based one. Nigeria was not in any position for all that ban that was taking place, rice is only the beginning, many things will be taking off that list. We need to push for production first and start by protecting small businesses because it is small businesses that grow to become big, if given the opportunity. As our production capacity increases we can then start banning items. But we have little or no production and are banning already, I know the reasoning behind that was that it will force us to produce, but what are people to eat while people are setting up shop. Production takes time, it does not happen overnight. I really wonder how decisions are made at the top, because I wonder where the educated minds are and where the thought processes of said minds are with regards to these short cut policies that serve no one.

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