Niger Republic Bans Rice Export To Nigeria

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LAGOS – The Government of Niger Republic has banned export of rice to Nigeria.

The ban followed President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive that Nigeria’s border with neighbouring countries be closed to curtail the activities of smugglers.

The directive stated that the ban was to take effect from September 5.

In a circular dated September 5, 2019, Niger’s Director-General of Customs, Oumarou Amadu, ordered all relevant agencies to comply strictly or face severe sanctions.

Since the restriction of access to rice and 40 other commodities came into effect in 2015, Nigeria’s other neighbours, Benin, Cameroon and Togo, have intensified importation of rice, which many believed would eventually find their way to Nigeria through smuggling.

Benin is said to have crashed its rice importation tariff to seven per cent, while Cameroon brought its own to zero per cent between 2015 and 2018.

The excise duty reductions have fuelled smuggling of parboiled rice into Nigeria, investigations have revealed.

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