Col. Hameed Ali (retd), the Comptroller-General of Customs, gave the approval for the reversal of an earlier policy in October 2015 which allowed rice imports through the land borders, once appropriate duty and charges were paid.
Spokesperson of Nigeria Customs Service, Wale Adeniyi, said in a statement that at a review session held with Comptrollers of Border Commands and Federal Operation Units held in Abuja, the Service noted that dwindling revenue from rice imports through the land borders do not match the volume of rice landed in neighboring ports. Rather, reports from border commands indicated an upsurge in the tempo of rice smuggling.
The Comptroller-General of Customs, while directing a zero-tolerance to rice imports through the land borders irrespective of volume with immediate effect, he stated that importers who have already initiated import processes will have a grace period ending Friday 25th March 2016 to clear their consignments,” Adeniyi said.
Source: The News