Nigeria Customs collected N870billion at Apapa port in 2021

Comptroller Malanta Yusuf

The Nigeria Customs Service, Apapa Area Command, has stated that in 2021 it collected total revenue of N870,388,340,650.65 into the coffers of the Federal Government of Nigeria.

 The Customs Area Controller of the command, Comptroller Yusuf Malanta Ibrahim said this while briefing the media on the activities of the command in 2021 in Apapa, Lagos yesterday.

“This clearly shows that the revenue profile of the command has significantly increased by about 68% when compared with the collection of 518.4 billion in the year 2020. We are determined to do more and surpass our revenue target for the year 2022, by God’s grace,” said Comptroller Malanta who disclosed that the Service has given itself a revenue target of N4.1trillion to collect in 2022.

Vowing that his command is ready to surpass its performance in 2021, the Controller expressed hope that the service would leverage on the deployment of digital transformation of its business processes which will further take care of many control mechanisms through its risk management system.

The Controller stated that in the year 2021, the command recorded a boom in the exportation of non-oil commodities with about 110% increase in tonnage above the figure of the year 2020.

“Statistics from the export unit show that goods with a total tonnage of about five million, three hundred and eighty metric tons were exported in the year 2021, as against one million, three hundred metric tons exported in 2020.

“The Free on Board (FOB) value for the exported items also rose from $340 million in the year 2020 to $641 million US dollars in 2021. The naira equivalent of the exported goods stood at over N245 billion. Items exported include steel bars, agricultural and mineral products, among others.

“This feat was achieved through the Federal government policy and export incentives schemes occasioned by the service facilitation and automation of NXP and CCI,” said he.

The command made a total of 103 seizures with Duty Paid Value of N31,227,431,225.00. Some of these cargoes seized included 46.55 kg of cocaine concealed on vessels MV Karteria and MV Chayanee Naree laden with raw sugar.

Others were containers of foreign parboiled rice, tomato paste, secondhand clothes, unregistered pharmaceuticals like captagon pills, tramadol, codeine syrup, etc. These were seizures made in accordance with provision sections 46, 47 and 161 of CEMA (Customs and Excise Management act) CAP C45 LFN 2004.

He informed that the seizures were condemned by a competent court of law and the suspects were still undergoing investigation and interrogation.

The Apapa Command Controller said the command achieved a robust industrial harmony with all government agencies in the Apapa port, especially its host the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and other sister agencies (the DSS, NAFDAC, NDLEA, SON, Port Police), as well as shipping lines and terminal operators whose tremendous contribution has been a great success in the outgone year.

The media briefing was attended by the Apapa commander of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Mr. Samuel Gadzama who commended the existing working synergy between the customs service and NDLEA and assured that the year 2022 has begun on a good note of collaboration and synergy among government agencies in Apapa.

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