The Nigeria Customs Service, Apapa Command, has revealed that goods worth forty-one billion, five hundred and fifty-nine million, three hundred and seventy-eight thousand, twenty-nine kobo (N41,559,378,029) were exported through Apapa port in Lagos between January-March 2021.
The exports include manufactured products such as soap, textiles, noodles, and agricultural products such as Cashew nuts, Hibiscus, Sesame seeds and other mineral resources. The total tonnage of the said export stood 116 million tones with a FOB value of One hundred and nine million, six hundred and fifty-five thousand, three hundred and fifty-one US Dollars ($109,655,351.00).
The command also stated that it collected revenue to the tune of one hundred and fifty-nine billion, five hundred and eighty-two million, forty-seven thousand, one hundred and thirty-four naira and eleven Kobo (N159,582,047,134.11) in the same period as customs duty and other charges into the coffers of the federal government.
According to the Controller of the command, Comptroller Yusuf Mallanta Ibrahim, this revenue figure – N159,582,047,134.11 – represented a 44.8% increment in duty collection when compared to last year figure of over 110 billion of the same corresponding months, Jan-Mar 2020.
He noted the difference recorded was made possible because of robust stakeholders’ engagement, officers resolute in discharging their duties and an increased level of compliance in the trader’s zone.
In the area of anti-smuggling, Comptroller Yusuf informed that within the two months of assuming leadership, the command seized 23 containers of various items such as unregistered pharmaceuticals like tramadol/codeine, used clothing, foreign parboiled rice with a duty paid value of seven hundred and seventy-three million, eight hundred and nine thousand, six hundred and twenty Naira (N773,809,620.00) between the months of February to March 2021.
According to him, the total seizure for the first quarter (Jan-Mar 2021) stands at 28 containers with a duty paid value of One billion, eight hundred and seventy-one million, nine hundred and forty-four thousand, three hundred and seventy Naira (N1,871,944,370.00).
“These are all importations in breach of sections 46, 47, 161 of the Customs and Excise Management Act CAP C45 LFN 2004 and schedules 4 & 6 of the Common External Tariff (CET). These cases are in various stages of investigation and you will be briefed from time to time as the investigation progresses,” said Comptroller Yusuf who said his officers and men were always at alert in enforcing government fiscal policies and facilitation of legitimate trade.