Nigeria. Stakeholders advise Customs on illegal importation of palm oil

15.12.2017

The Plantation Owners Forum of Nigeria, the National Palm Produce Association of Nigeria and the Oil Palm Growers Association of Nigeria, have called on the Nigeria Customs Service to address the issue of illegal importation of palm oil into Nigeria.

According to the Chairman, POFN, Mr. Emmanuel Ibru, unmitigated importation and dumping of palm oil in Nigeria would further exacerbate the lack of competitiveness and ultimately kill the industry if not tackled.

Ibru, while giving a speech at a press conference in Lagos on Thursday, stated that importers, traders and end-users were free to import crude palm oil into the country provided it was legal.

“According to reports, some companies have been importing palm oil illegally into Nigeria under the disguise of the West African Trade Liberalisation Scheme and this is tantamount to economic sabotage”, Ibru said.

While describing attempts or plots to import refined products as smuggling, the POFN chairman said defaulters were meant to be sanctioned by the Nigeria Customs Service, and compelled to make refunds to the Customs.

Speaking further, Ibru said there was the need to further expose the ETLS antics as it was an indirect way of applying for waivers to import CPO and prohibited items.

He added that since the government had made it known that import waivers would not be granted, the policy should be maintained.

According to him, Nigeria is producing enough palm oil to satisfy domestic consumption and, as such is no need for importation.

Rather, he said focus should be on taking the oil palm industry to a desirable level.

He said, “We thank and commend the government for its steadfastness and tenacity in sustaining policies in the face of mounting pressure from speculators and rent seekers in the industry.

“However, it is our wish that the detractors who are seeking to destabilise the enduring palm oil policy environment and upturn the gains that the Nigerian palm oil industry has recorded in the last five to 10 years be brought to justice”.


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