Anti-Smuggling: Customs Stops Supply of Petrol to Border Stations

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The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has asked the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) to suspend supplies of petrol to filling stations which are 20 kilometres close to the Nigerian borders.
This was to check smuggling of petroleum products to the neighbouring countries through the borders.
In a circular signed by the Deputy Comptroller-General, Enforcement, Inspection and Investigation (EI&I) of the NCS, Chidi Augustine, titled “EII/2019/Circular No.027: Suspension of Petroleum Product Supply to Filling Stations within 20 kilometres to all Borders” dated November 6, the Service said no petroleum product no matter the size should be allowed to be discharged at any of the filling stations.
The circular was sent to all Zonal coordinators, Area controllers, among others to ensure compliance.
It was gathered that some Nigerian petroleum marketers have been diverting their products to the neighbouring countries because of the high cost.
For instance, while a litre sells for N145 in Nigeria, it is sold at the cost of about N400 in some of the neighbouring countries.

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