Nigerian Govt. Lifts Ban On Importation Of Textiles, Furniture

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The Federal government of Nigeria has on Wednesday, June 23, 2015, lifted ban on importation of furniture and textile materials into the country.


This was disclosed via the Comptroller General of Customs, Dikko Abdullahi, during the launching of the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) Common External Tariff (CET) in Lagos.

Abdullahi revealed that some items including furniture and textiles had been removed from the prohibition list due to the new CET regime.

Speaking as the conduit for the CG, Assistant Comptroller General Victor Gbemudu, Zonal Coordinator in charge of NCS Zone A, said the items which before the implementation of the new CET were placed on outright ban will now attracts duty.

“If we go through the Common External Tariff, a lot of items has been have been removed from the prohibition list and that is going to be implemented. Furniture, textiles and the rest of them will now pay duty applicable and if we have the Import Adjustment Tax, you pay along with that,” he said.

Furthermore, Gbemudu said the ECOWAS Common External Tariff to a large extent also comes with some adjustment for member countries.”There are 97 chapters in the CET of which we have 5,899 tariff headings.Every member country is entitled to three per cent adjustment which translates into 177 tariff headings so this enables most member countries to protect whatever industries they want to protect like the auto policy, sugar policy.”



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  1. But are the local textiles producing enough to satisfy the market demand? Last I checked, most fabrics in Nigeria are still imported. It’s in everyone’s best interest that the ban is lifted because FG is losing revenue to Custom officers who collect millions of naira in bribes from importers, at least 5.2 million to clear one 40ft container of fabrics or furniture in nigeria. The lifting of this ban is definitely in the interest of the country and Nigeria as a whole. I applaud this move.

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