Nigeria records over N52b worth of export in six months through Apapa Customs
By Ray Ugochukwu
Nigeria’s effort for export drive got a huge boost between January and June this year as a whopping N52.4 billion goods were shipped out through the Lagos Port Complex (LPC), Apapa, Lagos.
This disclosure was made Thursday by the Customs Area Controller (CAC), Apapa Area 1 Customs command, Comptroller Mohammed Abba-Kura, who expressed his outfit’s preparedness to support every legitimate export move in his domain.
He told journalists at his mid year press briefing that the items exported through the supervision of his command were agricultural products, mineral resources, steel bars, among others.
Abba-Kura added that the total tonnage of the items was 1.642 million tons with a free on board (FOB) value of $171.24 million.
“In the area of export trade, goods worth N52,369,506,770.90 Free on Board value have been exported from Nigeria. These exported goods include agricultural products, mineral resources and steel bars, amongst others. The total tonnage of these goods stood at 1.642 million tons with FOB value in American Dollar of$171,142,178.99”, the CAC stated.
Reacting to complaints bordering on inaccessibility of the port by export-laden trucks, he counselled exporters to explore alternative routes like moving their wares by barges. He made it clear that the traffic gridlock in Apapa was beyond his command’s capacity, hence the suggestion of alternatives.
In his words, “The issue of difficulty in accessing the ports is beyond my powers. If you observe carefully, some shippers now use barges to bring in their shipment for export. So, why go to waste time and resources queuing up on a road that is in lockdown?”
Giving the account of his command’s mid year stewardship, Abba-Kura recounted that a total of N227.35 billion was realised as revenue. He added that this showed a revenue increase of 10.59 per cent or N24.1 billion from the figures of the corresponding period of 2019 when the command recorded N,203.3 billion.
He explained that the accrued revenue was composed of collections from customs duty and other charges, seven per cent surcharge, value added tax (VAT) one per cent Comprehensive Import Supervision Scheme (CISS), among others.
According to him, the command did not fare badly in anti-smuggling and enforcement operations as 142 offensive containers were impounded in the period under review.
The Apapa Customs boss stated, “Pursuant to Section 46 48 of CEMA (Customs & Excise Management Act) that deals with offences in relation to import and export, in order words Forfeiture of Goods Improperly Imported, the command has seized a total of 142 containers of various items.
” The breakdown of the seized items include two assorted vehicles – one Rolls Royce 2018 and one Lamborghini Hurricane Sport Car 2019 models with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N324.530 million”.
Other seized items included pharmaceuticals, 64 containers; rice, 32 containers; used clothing, seven; and many others in several boxes all with a total DPV of N15.9 billion.