Apapa Customs Surpasses 2019 Revenue Target, Nets Over 400 billion Naira.

Year 2019 has been a one of bumper harvest for the Apapa Command of the Nigeria Customs Service, after it raked in over 400 billion naira, representing increase in revenue collection by 111 percent.
Announcing this at a briefing today, Friday on activities of Apapa Area Command, from January to December 18th, the Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Mohammed Abba –Kura, attributed the historic revenue collection to the border closure which increased exports, enhancing of capacity of Officers through training , collaboration with sister agencies and objective reportage by the media.
“This year has been quite eventful for the Apapa area Command. I am pleased to inform you that the Command has once again set up another record by meeting and surpassing its 2019 Annual Revenue target of three hundred and seventy-two billion naira, with over forty-one billion and seized goods worth over twelve billion naira.
“Through our collective efforts and efficient strategies put in place, the Apapa Command was able to collect total sum of four hundred and thirteen billion , seven hundred and thirty two million , eight hundred and eighteen thousand , five hundred and fifty-four naira, and nineteen kobo, only (413,732,818,554.19) from January to December 19th, 2019. This translates into about 111percent of the 2019 of the Annual Revenue target. In achieving this feat, the complementary roles of units like the Customs Intelligence Unit (CIU) and Valuation Unit amongst others is specially acknowledged.

Feature pic: CAC Apapa Command, Comptroller Mohammed ABBA-KURA showcasing the seized items to newsmen

“The Command under leadership came up with a deliberate and well coordinated strategy that trained over 400 Officers in general aspects of our operations with a view to maximizing their productivity. The results we are seeing today is the product of that training in addition to other mechanisms like 24 hours dispute resolution, maintaining an open and accessible door policy to address complaints, constant engagement with the stakeholders as well as support by the management of the NCS and other sister agencies operating with the port.

“Our special thanks go to the media for their objectivity reportage of the Command’s activities which has contributed in informing, educating and sensitizing the general public on activities of the service”, said Abba-Kura at the briefing in Apapa, Lagos.
A review of the figures indicates that this year’s revenue collection was higher than that of last year by 9,709,770,763.77 billion naira.
It also shows that the month of October which was the peak of the border closure witnessed the highest revenue collection, thus justifying the policy, according to Abba-Kura.
“We achieved the highest revenue figure of forty-two billion, seven hundred and twenty six million, forty thousand, nine hundred and fifty-six naira, ten naira only (42,726,046,956.10) in the month of October which is the peak of this border closure.

“The precedent gives evidence to positive impacts of this policy which reduced incidences of smuggling through the land border and increased legitimate imports through the seaports tremendously
On seizures made, he said “The Command seized a total of 112 containers of various items that flouted import procedures. Most notable among the items are pharmaceutical products which include TRAMADOL that were imported without necessary approval from regulatory agencies like NAFDAC. Other items include Tomato Paste, vegetable oil, ladies and Girls fashion footwear, expired rice, Armored Glasses without End User Certificate (EUC) and drilling pipes labeled in foreign languages etc. It is pertinent to emphasize that virtually all the seized items are in gross violation of our extant laws and import guidelines. The Duty Paid Value (DPV) for these seizures stood at 1.8 billion naira.
While acknowledging the growing increase of revenue from non oil exports, with agricultural and mineral products topping the chart, Abba-Kura charged exporters on adherence to standards to avoid rejection of their consignments.
His words “In the area of export, high level of compliance on export declaration has been recorded. With the period under review, the command recorded a total of volume of two hundred and sixty two thousand and ninety-five point nine (262,095.09) metric tons of exported goods with FOB value of one hundred thirty-two million, seven hundred and sixty thousand, five hundred and twelve US Dollars and ninety-four cent (132,760,512.94). This is equivalent to forty billion, six hundred and ten million, seventy thousand, one hundred and eleven naira and fifty-five kobo only (40,610,070,114.55).
“I want to extent our appeal to exporters using the Apapa port, to always ensure that minimum international standards are met before exporting their consignments to avoid the recurrent incidents of returning consignments after export.
“At this juncture, I wish to make a special compassionate appeal to the importers of pharmaceutical products to respect and comply with the counterfeited and prohibited medicaments with its attendant consequences to the nation. The huge billions you are losing today owing to non-compliance with the import guidelines could have been channeled to other legitimate activities that add value to the nation’s growth and development.

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