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Apapa Customs Command Posts 61% Revenue Increase in 6 Months

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…makes history with N78.4b revenue generation in 1 month

 

By PEARL NGWAMA

The Apapa Customs Command has reported a 61 per cent increase in its revenue generation in the first half of 2021.

The Command recorded the sum of N78.4b revenue generation in the month of June, for the first time in the history of the Flagship Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).

Area Controller of Apapa Command, Comptroller Yusuf Ibrahim who announced this in Press Conference held at the Command Tuesday, said the Command between January and June 2021 generated a total of N366 billion representing 61 per cent increase when compared to the N227 billion collected in the first half of 2020.

In the month of June alone, according to him, the Command generated revenue of N78.4 billion which he said clearly shows an increase of over 90 per cent when compared to the N42.4 billion collected in the corresponding month under review.

Ibrahim also announced that within the period under review, the Command recorded 10 seizures of various uncustoms goods such as tomato paste, used clothing, unregistered pharmaceutical drugs, and others with a Duty Paid Value of N442 million.

He explained that the Command’s sustained anti-smuggling campaign and the increased level of compliance have resulted in reduction of smuggling activities throughout the Command.

“Consequent upon the above and in line with the provision of Extant laws, trade guidelines and enforcement of Government Fiscal Policy, the Command was able to strengthen its anti-smuggling operation against economic saboteurs through timely credible intelligence driven network which led to the seizure of 46 containers between January and June 2021, with 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.

“It is also worthy to note that the Command has generated a total of N366 billion for the half year, January to June 2021 which represents 61 per cent increase when compared to the N227 billion collected in the first half of 2020.

“This spectacular achievement was made possible by our officers’ resilience and commitment in ensuring collections of appropriate revenue, robust stakeholders’ engagement and seamless facilitation of compliant trade,” he explained.

On Export, he said the statistics of the Command showed that goods worth N272.3 billion have been exported through Apapa Port between January and June 2021.

“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 FOB value of $103 billion,” he revealed.

The Comptroller used the medium appreciate the Comptroller-General of Customs and his Management team for the opportunity, trust, support and encouragement given to the Command in the course of discharging its duties.

He urged all importers, exporters, Customs brokers and freight forwarders to imbibe the culture of compliance as part of their standard operating procedure because it will reduce the time and cost of doing business.

Ibrahim also extended thanks to stakeholders in the clearance value chain, government agencies operating in the Port and of the Press for their unflinching support towards the realisation of this feat.

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