The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Apapa command has declared that it generated a total revenue 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.(N159,582,046,134.11) in the first quarter 2021.

This was disclosed by the Area Controller Ibrahim Yusuf during a press briefing held in their Command in Apapa on Monday.

He said the revenues which was generated from customs duty and other charges represents a 44.8 per cent increment in duty collected when compared to the  figures of the same corresponding months of January to March 2020.

He said “The difference recorded was made possible because of robust stakeholders engagement, officers resolve to discharge their duties and an increased level of compliance in the trade’s zone.

He noted that as regards anti-smuggling, within two months of assuming leadership, the command had made significant seizures of 23-containers of various items were seized.

He, however, added that the total seizure for the first quarter(January to March) stands at 28 containers with DPV of N1,871,994,307.

“The containers had rice, wheat declared as supermarket items, medical soap declared as baking powder, tramadol  and others.

“These are all importations in breach of sections 46, 47 and 161of the Customs and Excise Management Act CAP C45 LFN 2004 and schedules 4 and 6 of the Common External Tariff (CET).

“These cases are in various stages of investigation and in due time will be revealed,” he said.

On import, the Comptroller said that for import, the statistics extracted from the system revealed that goods worth N41,559,378,029 had been exported through Apapa port between January to March.
He said  the total export tonnage stood at 116 million tones with Free on Board value of $109,655,351 US dollars.

The Area Controller said the success recorded was due to improved collaborations and information sharing among stakeholders.

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His words;
“We have also achieved enhanced Customs Community Relations through meetings and strategic engagements with various stakeholders including Importers, licensed customs agents, media and others who interface with customs in trade supply chain.“He however urge officers and men of the command to remain focused and steadfast in discharging their assigned responsibilities at any given time.