Customs at Apapa rakes in N404bn
.Generates N73.1bn on export goods
.Records N9.6bn seizures
By Udeme Clement
The Apapa Area Command of Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, has recorded impressive performance in revenue collection, as the Command raked a whooping sum of N404billion into the coffers of the Federal Government in 2018.
The Command also generated N73.1billion from 1.2million metric tons of exported goods within the same period under review.
The Customs Area Controller, CAC, of the Command, Comptroller Bashir Abubakar, disclosed these outstanding records to Journalists during press briefing at the Command, yesterday.
Comptroller Bashir, explained, “The N404billon when compared to the yearly revenue target of N426.1billion given to the Command represents 95 percent collection. This shows that the Command in 2018, collected N53billion above 2017 revenue generation. This clearly indicates an increase of 13.13 percent over what the Command generated in 2017 fiscal year.”
He further revealed that Apapa, which is the premier Port, made 72 seizures of used spare parts, tyres and other items with Duty Paid Value, DPV, of over N9.6billion within the same period.
His words, “The Command in the year under review seized and condemned 41 x 40ft containers of tramadol, brought into the country in excess of allowable milligram by government. The DPV of the 41 containers of tramadol was over N8.8billion”.
The CAC pointed out, “The Command also intercepted export bound used helicopter valued at N210million. Another import bound Aircraft ‘Cessna 182A’ valued at N486.9million was seized.”
He asserted, “The Action of the Command, which is certainly in tandem with the extant laws and guidelines of the Service was made due to infractions, such as false declaration, concealment and outright disregard to the laws of the country”.
More so, it is worthy to note that the achievements recorded in 2018, earned Apapa Command the recognition of World Customs Organisation, WCO, Award, at the just concluded International Customs Day in Abuja.
The high point of the briefing was the presentation of Awards to five outstanding officers of Apapa Customs by Comptroller Bashir.
Watch out for more reports on the outstanding performance by Apapa Customs.