Impounded

The Nigerian customs service (NCS) has impounded 31 containers of rice that was illegally imported into the country.

The items, which the market value was yet to be determined, were seized friday at the Tin-Can Island container Terminal  (TICT) Lagos.

Addressing reporters at the venue of the seizure in Lagos on friday, the comptroller General of customs (CGC) Col Hameed Ali who was represented by a Deputy Comptroller General (DCG) Dan Ugo said the items were shipped into the  from china.

The importer, he said wanted to short change the Government by declaring the items as yeast in his bill of laden.

Yeast importation, Ali said attracts five percent duty, while rice attracts 110 percent duty and 60 per cent levy.

For falsifying his document and wanted to cheat the Government, the comptroller-General has therefore declared that 40,000 bags of rice inside the containers as out right seizure without any option of payment for the importer.

The measure he said, was applied to serve as deterrent to other scrupulous importers operating at the nation’s sea port and border stations.

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