One of the conditions the Federal Government listed among others for the re-opening of the country’s land borders for goods importation from neighboring countries is that Nigeria would not accept imported goods that were repackaged by the neighboring countries.
This was disclosed during a meeting of the inter-Ministerial Committee on the Temporary Partial Closure of Land Borders in Abuja on Monday Nov. 4, 2019.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, stated that those countries must respect the “Rules of Origin” of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). And further stated that goods imported for the Nigerian Market must be accompanied from the port of member states to the nations’ land border.
He further said that any goods imported from ECOWAS member states must have thirty percent (30%) local input in line with the value addition percentage under the ECOWAS Trade Liberalisation Scheme.
He listed five conditions for the reopening of the land borders and said the conditions would be presented to Niger and Benin Republic.