IMPLEMENTATION LEVEL

National

AFFECTED FLOW

Inflow

ANNOUNCED AS TEMPORARY

No

NON-TRADE-RELATED RATIONALE

No

ELIGIBLE FIRMS

all

JUMBO

No

TARIFF PEAK

No
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Inception date: 01 Jan 2013 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

Import ban

According to Bloomberg and several other news agencies, based on remarks from the trade minister and the executive secretary of the National Sugar Development Council, the Nigerian federal government bans imports of packaged sugar, granulated and in cubes, since January 2013. This is done as part of the Nigerian Sugar Master Plan, which aims to achieve self-sufficiency in sugar consumption by 2020. Currently, about 98% of all sugar consumed in Nigeria is imported.
Imports of raw sugar, by contrast, are subject to presidential approval on recommendation from the trade and investment minister. Imports of machinery for local sugar refineries are tariff free and investors in domestic sugar processors get a five-year tax holiday.
It has been impossible to find an official source for this measure, however several government officials have spoken about it in different, credible media and the media reports are quite exact as to the extent of the measure. There is therefore no reason for the GTA to assume that the sources listed have misperceived this measure.

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AFFECTED SECTORS AND PRODUCTS

235 Sugar & molasses
1701 Cane or beet sugar and chemically pure sucrose, in solid form.
170112 Beet sugar
170113 Cane sugar specified in Subheading Note 2 to this Chapter
170114 Other cane sugar
170191 Containing added flavouring or colouring matter
170199 Other

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