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Customs generates N246.5b from Apapa Port

IN the first quarter of 2022, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Apapa Area Command, generated about N264.5 billion for the Federal Government.

In a review of the Command’s first quarter operations, Customs Area Controller Compt. Yusuf Malanta Ibrahim said the amount collected represented a 65.7 percent increase over the N159 billion generated in the same period in 2021.

He said: “This amount collected N264.5b shows a significant increase of N104 billion as against N159b collected in the corresponding months of the year 2021, representing 65.7 per cent increase in revenue collection.”

The boost in revenue, according to Yusuf, was due to enhanced service through information technology (IT) platforms, which he said helped to plug revenue leakages and maintain the level of compliance by importers and other players in the cargo clearance value chain.

On exports, he said, the Command recorded over N34 billion in agricultural items, mineral resources, steel, and other cargoes with a Free-on-Board (FoB) value of over $87 million, compared to N30.2 billion and a FOB value of $82.1 million in 2021.

Yusuf, speaking about the command’s anti-smuggling efforts, said that 46 seizures were made during the review period, compared to 28 seizures in the same months of 2021.

He said: “The enforcement unit has been strengthened through strict monitoring, enhanced collaboration and sharing of credible intelligence with relevant government agencies to suppress smuggling activities to its barest minimum.

According to the Comptroller unregistered medicines such as tramadol and codeine syrup, raw wood, worn apparel and footwear, imported parboiled rice, and other prohibited commodities were among the things seized,

He went on to say that the articles are in violation of CEMA CAP C45 LFN 2004’s sections 46 and 47 of the Customs and Excise Management Act.

Yusuf asked stakeholders to work together with the Command to guarantee that items on the import/export prohibited list are properly followed, as well as to prepare for the new realities of customs examination under the non-intrusive inspection (NII) regime.

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