Customs Seize 33 Containers of Foreign Rice
The Nigeria Customs Service has announced the seizure of 33 containers of smuggled foreign rice marked as Nigerian brands.
Controller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali, who announced the seizure to newsmen in Lagos said that most of the seized rice at the Tincan Island Port, Lagos expired in 2018.
“For the past three years, the government has refused to give form M which is the only instrument that allows for importation in this country which then means that to us Nigeria Customs Service any rice that comes into this country must have been smuggled without due papers.
“That is why this one is intercepted and every other rice that lands our shores as far as we are concerned it must have come illegally.
“From the bags that you saw, some of them came from Thailand some from China. Further investigation will reveal exactly where they are sourced from,” he said.
The Customs Boss also disclosed that 21 containers comprising used tyres, vegetable oil, used clothing, and unregistered pharmaceutical products were among the seized items.
He said the seized goods, valued at more than two point seven billion naira, contravened provisions of the Customs and Excise Management Act.
Additional report by Clementine Okonye