Customs chief Talks about Closed Border Opening and Import-Export Ban

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     Customs chief Talks about Closed Border Opening and Import-Export Ban

Col. Hameed Ali, retired Controller-General, Nigerian Customs Service, revealed when the Nigerian border will be accessible to neighboring countries and on the form of goods that should enter and exit Nigeria.

According to Ali, all imports and exports of products from the land borders of the nation remain prohibited until an agreement has been reached with neighboring countries on the form of goods that should enter and exit Nigeria.

Speaking further during Monday’s joint press conference in Abuja, he maintained that all goods must enter only through legitimate air and seaports where they can undergo thorough scanning and consumer-fit certified.

     Customs chief Talks about Closed Border Opening and Import-Export Ban

     Customs chief Talks about Closed Border Opening and Import-Export Ban

“We hope that by the time we get to the end of this exercise, we would have agreed with our neighbours on the type of goods that should enter and exit our country,” he said.

“For now, all goods, whether illicit or non-illicit, are banned from going and coming into Nigeria.

“Let me add that for the avoidance of doubt that we included all goods because all goods can equally come through our seaports.

“For that reason, we have deemed it necessary for now that importers of such goods should go through our controlled boarders where we have scanners to verify the kind of goods and how healthy to our people can be conducted.”

Meanwhile, Nigeria’s Central Bank (CBN) has appealed to members of the Rice Millers Association of Nigeria (RIMAN) and other rice value chain stakeholders not to raise rice prices over border closures.

Mr. Godwin Emefiele, CBN Governor, said this in a statement issued by Mr. Muhammed Tijani, Media Assistant to the Chairman of RIMAN and made available to newsmen in Abuja on Monday.

As a result of the closing of the borders, Emefiele also called on them not to stockpile rice to increase the price, adding that such actions are unpatriotic.

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