The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Tin-Can Island Port Command (TCIPC) has intercepted 54 containers of expired foreign parboiled rice and other contraband items imported into the country with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of over N2.7 billion.
Among the intercepted consignments, was 25 by 20-foot containers of expired foreign parboiled rice imported from Thailand and packaged for Master’s Energy Commodities Trading Ltd, with office location of No 31A Remi Fani Kayode Street GRA Ikeja, Lagos.
Briefing newsmen in Lagos on Tuesday after showcasing the seizure at Tin-Can Island Port, Hameed Ali, comptroller-general of Customs said the seizure comprises of a total of 33 containers of rice and another one container of rice concealed with spare parts; 11 containers of unregistered pharmaceutical products; two containers of used tires and four containers of refined vegetable oil in retail packs, were intercepted.
According to him, a total of 54 containers comprising of 15 by 40-foot containers and 39 by 20-foot containers were seized in line with the provisions of Customs & Excise Management Act Cap C45 LFN 2004, section 46 and 161.
He said the significant thing about the seizure was the fact that virtually all the rice is expired while some other containers of imported Jasmine Rice- Dr. Chang Brand, packaged for Yunfei International Trading Co. Ltd of No. 103 Ebittu Ukiwe Street, FCT Abuja, would expire in 2020.