The Republic of Benin, through its Customs Authority, has pronounced that the importation of per boiled rice will not be allowed into the country going forward.
According to information made known by the Benin Customs Authority, this measure is a goodwill measure to the Nigerian Government towards the uplifting of restrictions on cross-border trade placed on Benin.
Benin has been at the center of an economic conspiracy between the Nigerian Government and smugglers who have been revealed to transport goods through Benin to evade higher tariffs in the Nigerian seaports.
The smuggling of goods, especially rice, through Benin into Nigeria led to the closure of the Nigerian-Benin land borders by the Nigerian government in August.
The Comptroller-General of Nigerian Customs Service, Hameed Ali, had earlier mentioned that the closure of the border had not only curtailed rice smuggling but also petroleum smuggling.
He said that there is no definite time in place for the re-opening of the borders which is said to be the reason for the decision by the Benin Customs.