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In Lagos: Customs intercept 34 containers of rice at port


The Nigeria Customs Service has announced the seizure of 34 containers of rice smuggled through the Tin Can Island port in Lagos.
   

   
According to Punch news,The Comptroller General of Customs, Hameed Ali (retd), disclosed this in Lagos on Tuesday.

According Punch news, He said one of the rice containers was concealed by its importers as spare parts.

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He said, in addition to the 34 containers of rice, the service intercepted 11 containers of unregistered pharmaceutical products, two containers of used tyres, one container of used clothing and four containers of refined vegetable oil in retail packs, bringing the total to 52 containers of seized contraband.
   

   
Ali put the duty paid value of the seized goods at N2.7bn.

He attributed the seizure to the recent closure of the land borders, which he said had prompted importers of banned items to route them through the seaports.

Ali, who disclosed that the smuggled rice originated from Thailand added that some had expired.

Rice importation, both through the sea and land is prohibited.
   

    Ali said the Central Bank of Nigeria had not issued Form M since 2015 for the importation of rice through the seaports; therefore, any foreign rice in the country was smuggled.

The Customs CG said he had directed a full investigation to bring all those connected with the importation to justice.

Commending the Tin Can Island Command of the Customs, Ali said N286.7bn had been generated as revenue by the command from January to date.

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