Good News! Nigerian Customs Lifts Ban On Importation Of Rice…See Fresh Details

The Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd), has ordered the removal of rice from the import restriction list, and also re-introduced the payment of import duty on all land borders across the federation.

Speaking in an interview with newsmen in Abuja, the Public Relations Officer of Nigeria Customs Service, Wale Adeniyi, disclosed that the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd), has 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.

According to Vanguard, 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 that all rice imports through land borders by rice traders would attract the prevailing import duty of 10 per cent with 60 per cent levy, adding 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.

“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.

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  • Frederick Christopher

    Why ban importation of those food items when government can even generate revenue from them by the importers paying for duty.. And yet the government is complaining of low revenue generation.

  • chika bibian

    Why did they achieve from the ban in the first place…. smh

  • emekachilaka

    Shameful people rubbish

  • Cornel Nwankwo

    The cost of rice will still be high but not as high as it is now as the ban on importation was lifted just to increase its import duty of 10% with 60% levy.

  • Cornel Nwankwo

    This is a good one, at least to save the sufferings of the masses and especially this coming December.
    I know His Excellency will make necessary adjustments to his policies.
    Nice one.

  • Why them put am before, if them go still lift am mitcheeeeeew

    • emekachilaka

      Ahahaha Baba is working

  • Olovo Obinna

    @cornel n co…u see why I call this APC government a bunch of clueless people ..they keep blaming gej for their mischief,,,, can u imagine..after causing Nigerians pains them the uplift ban on rice import….do what happen to buy 9ja grow 9ja….

    • Cornel Nwankwo

      This is early morning Mr man

      • Olovo Obinna

        Oh common,,,I mentioned u,,,bcos u so much believe in the APC lies……

        • Cornel Nwankwo

          That is your opinion

          • Olovo Obinna

            Not mine but reality on ground….. Your president lacks ideas ,vision n goals to rule us….he needs to employ sharp innovative minds as his executives if he is to succeed …

          • Cornel Nwankwo

            Your president too,

          • Olovo Obinna


          • Cornel Nwankwo

            No doubt about innovative minds as executive but is not that easy man. To be a President of Nigeria isn’t an an easy task bro, the man got many challenges to face.

          • Olovo Obinna

            Story for d gods ……don’t tell me u don’t have it takes to b a good leader

  • Mezzy Gilbert

    Make we dey look na

  • WillieBravo

    That’s a good one. Hopefully the price crashes as the days go by.