Nigeria Customs collects N366bn in six months in Apapa port

Comptroller Yusuf (middle) displays tramadol seized by the command recently.

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has collected N366billion as revenue in the first half of the year 2021 at the Apapa port. The Area Controller of the customs command in the port, Comptroller Yusuf Malanta revealed in the Command’s half-year report.

The sum of N366 billion from January to June 2021 represents a 61% increase when compared to the N227 billion collected in the first half of 2020 at the command.

Within this period, goods worth N272.3 billion were processed by the customs for export through Apapa port.

Malanta stated that N78.4 billion was collected by Customs in the month of June 2021. The Command’s revenue figure for last month also shows an increase of over 90% when compared to the N42.4 billion collected in the corresponding month in 2020.

“Our sustained anti-smuggling campaign and the increased level of compliance have resulted in a reduction of smuggling activities throughout the command. Thus, for the period under review, the Command recorded 10 seizures of various uncustoms goods such as tomato paste, used clothing, unregistered pharmaceutical drugs, etc. with a Duty Paid Value of N442 million.

“These exports include agricultural goods such as sesame seed, ginger, hibiscus flower, and other mineral resources. The total tonnage of the said export stood at 1.6 million tones with a FOB value of $103 billion,” he said.

The command also recorded seizure of 46 containers in the first half of the year with a Duty Paid Value of N27.6 billion. “All these importations are contrary to the provision of sections 46 & 47 of Customs and Excise Management Act CAP C45 LFN 2004 and Customs & Excise Notices No. 1491,” said Malanta.

He attributed the achievement to his officers’ resilience and commitment in ensuring the collection of appropriate revenue and urged importers, exporters, customs brokers and freight forwarders to imbibe the culture of compliance as part of their standard operating procedure as it will reduce the time and cost of doing business at the port.

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