In an interview with newsmen in Abuja, 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.

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, Vanguard reports.

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.



  1. When i see that i will beleive,let Buhari do something about dollar rate,cos these new applied change,i never knew is to change my #1000 to a #5, i can no longer buy anything with #5 again. God of lsreal help my country Nigeria

    • That is the point when dollar is high what will happen to Naira ?……Naira can never change to bear another name i think it will remain Nigeria money,is better that dollar remain at the rate of 50 or 100,even if is 150 as normal rate b4 we can still manage it,so dt we can enjoy our money,without their money tell me how wil u enjoy ur money called Naira,even Dubai their currency is even higher than our own currency.

  2. And it took them this long to realize how wrong the policy was . All they needed to do was to gradually face out importation by supporting local production through subsidies and grants

  3. You people that are talking any how, who are the owners of food in Nigeria? Even if bag of rice is 50,000 naira,we don’t give a dam,because we’re are the distributors of all kinds of food in Nigeria ok we don’t eat any how food ok?so food is not a problem to hausa/fulani people so close your mouth ,and talk another thing that will benefit you,and leave Hausa /fulani people out this you biafra man .

  4. A press statement was issued yester9yt refuting the claims that the ban on the importation of rice had been lifted…. this is the latest.


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