ANNOUNCED AS TEMPORARYNo
On 7 July 2015, Nigeria started to enforce a ban on the import of poultry produce. The ban has existed since 2003 but was not enforced, thus the smuggling of poultry into the country flourished. To counter this, the Nigeria Customs Service launched the operation Hawk Descend which is supposed last three months, ending September 2015.
The enforcement comes with the endorsement by the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN). According to the Director-General of the NAFDAC, Dr Paul Orhii, the ban will protect consumers from unsafe products and the domestic value chain of the poultry sector.
The enforcement of the ban--which the government claims will be temporary--comes at a time when the Nigerian states is taking a number of measures that discriminatory measures.
Since the importation of poultry produce has been illegal since 2003, the GTA cannot specify the affected trading partners using official statistical data. However, the operation Hawk Descend is supposed to be mainly implemented on the border to Benin.
Seizures by the customs officers amounted to approximately 144 million Naira (USD 720 000) for week one to week five of the operation, thus not making the GTA's reporting threshold of USD 1 million. Notwithstanding the latter, the GTA will continue monitoring the measure and update the enforcement strategies by the Nigeria Customs Service accordingly.
Related to this measure is also a ban of poultry from the forex market by the Central Bank of Nigeria. For this, please consult measure no. 9705 under Related Measures.
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