Customs in Apapa hits N14.2bn export
.Gets over N203.2bn revenue in 2019
.Seizes 29 containers of items
By Udeme Clement
The Apapa Area Command of Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, has recorded 95,229.15 metric tons of exported goods with FOB value of N14.2billion, which is equivalent to $46,613,453,75 from January to June, 2019.
The Customs Area Controller, CAC, of Apapa Customs, Comptroller Muhammed Abba-Kura, disclosed this during press conference at the Command yesterday.
He also revealed that the Command in half year of 2019 generated over N203.2 billion revenue in the same period under review.
His explanation, “The N203.2billion revenue generation represents 54.5 percent of the annual revenue target of the Command. It is worthy of mention that the Command has a monthly revenue target of N31billion and yearly target of N372.5billion.
“Comparative analysis of the revenue collection by Apapa Command from January to June 2018 and 2019 indicates increase of N26.5billion.”
Giving a record of anti-smuggling activities of the Command, the CAC revealed, “Within the period under review, the Command seized a total of 29 containers of various items that contravened import procedures. These include tomato paste, vegetable oil, foot-wears, Tramadol and other drugs. Others were armored glasses without End-User-Certificate.”
He pointed out, “The listed items breached government fiscal policy measures for 2018/2019. The Duty Paid Value, DPV of the items stands at N418.4million.”
Comptroller Abba-Kura added, ‘The Command will continue to facilitate speedily legitimate, compliant and all trade that satisfied the necessary procedures concerning the transactions. All such consignments will get accelerated clearance out of Customs system”.
His assertion, “The Command will continue on the capacity building programmes for officers and stakeholders operating within the Command to acquaint them with modern trends, government fiscal policies, as well as NICIS 11 operating systems. This will bring everyone on the same page for optimal service and willful compliance for timely cargo clearance.
“Let me use this opportunity to appreciate our esteemed compliant stakeholders for their collective contribution to our successes and assure them of our readiness to serve them even better in the second half of 2019”.