<

Customs Orders Immediate Removal of Restriction on Rice Import

Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd)

The Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd), has ordered the immediate removal of rice from import restriction list and the re-introduction of import duty payment at land borders.

The Public Relations Officer of customs, Mr. Wale Adeniyi, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja.

He said the restriction was only applied at land border stations before now, adding that the customs boss had lifted restriction on rice at border stations.

Adeniyi said all rice imports through land borders by rice traders would attract the prevailing import duty of 10 per cent with 60 per cent levy.

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

He said: “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 reorganise 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.”

Before the ban on rice importation, customs had placed different rate of levy on rice imports.

Thirty per cent levy was placed on rice millers (preferential levy) and 70 per cent for rice importers.

The essence of the different rates of levy was to encourage local production.

Leave a Reply

Protected by WP Anti Spam

International News

World Cup 2018 – which teams have already qualified?
World Cup 2018 – which teams have already qualified?

  Germany are the defending world champions, having beaten Argentina 1-0 in the 2014 final The final round of World Cup qualifying is taking place, and 14 countries are already assured

Read more

 
INEC announces dates for Ekiti, Osun governorship elections, deploys 6,200 card readers for Anambra
INEC announces dates for Ekiti, Osun governorship elections, deploys 6,200 card readers for Anambra

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday fixed July 14 and September 22, 2018 for the governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun states.Briefing newsmen in Abuja, the National Commissioner, Prince Solomon

Read more

 

NJC begins probe of 15 judges Posted By: Eric Ikhilae On: October 3, 2017 In: Featured, News, News Update 2    The National Judicial Council (NJC) is probing 15 judges for alleged misconduct. Two of those under investigation are

Read more

 

Photo Gallery

Log in | Designed by Platinum Consolidated| Hostgator Coupons
Get Adobe Flash player