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Customs Service assures compliant rice importers

29 July 2015, 11:50Okoro Chinedu

Lagos – The Nigeria Customs Service has allayed any fears among rice importing companies following the sealing off of warehouses of some defaulting importers.

“For the avoidance of doubt, genuine importers are hereby advised not to exercise any fear as NCS action is only about enforcing payments that are legitimately due to the Federal Government of Nigeria,” Joseph Attah, Deputy Public Relations Officer of the Customs, said.

On Tuesday, the Customs Service said it had commenced the sealing up of warehouses of four importers.

The affected importers are: Olam, Stallion/ Popular Foods/Masco Agro, Ebony Agro and Conti Agro (Milan).

Also Read: Nigeria makes N2.2bn monthly from Import Supervision Scheme

“The action is intended to give a bite to several letters of warming and ultimatum to the beneficiaries of rice import quota policy who imported in excess of their approved quotas,” said Attah.

The defaulting rice importers were said to have refused to pay their total debt profile of N23,6 billion.

In addition to the sealing up of their warehouses, the importers and their sister or associated Companies have been blocked from the Customs NICIS system.

They will not be able to make further declaration and or not be allowed to discharge.

“To ensure that every amount owed Federal Government is recovered, a full scale legal action will be instituted against them,” said Attah. 

- CAJ News

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