By Sandra Chukwunyere
The Nigeria Customs Service(NCS), Apapa Area Command has disclosed that it generated 264.536,293.71billion as revenue in the first quarter of 2022.
The Customs Area Controller, (CAC)Comptroller Malanta Yusus stated this in a media conference in Lagos on Thursday pointed out that the command was given a target of N70 billion naira monthly which would amount to N210 billion naira for the month under review.
According to Yusuf, this shows a significant increase of N104 billion as against 159 billion naira collected in the corresponding months of the year 2021.
“This represent an increase of 65.7 per cent increase in revenue collection.
“This feat was made possible because of our officers’ creativity and leveraging on the service Information Technology platform to ensure all revenue leakages have been mitigated.
“This is as well as sustaining the level of compliance by the importers/stakeholders in the clearance value chain,” he said.Yusuf said that in the period under review, as regards anti-smuggling, the command recorded forty-six seizures of various items with a duty paid value of N1,142,876,606.00.
He pointed out that this was against twenty-eight seizures made in the corresponding months of the year 2021.“Anti-smuggling activities has been a matter of central concern in the command, particularly with the activities of recalcitrant traders who are always looking for ways to undermine our system.
“The enforcement unit has been strengthened through strict monitoring, enhanced collaboration and sharing of credible intelligence with relevant government agencies to suppress smuggling activities to its barest minimum,” he said.
He said that the seizures include unregistered medicaments such as tramadol and codeine syrup, unprocessed wood, used clothing, footwear, foreign parboiled rice and other sundry items that falls under prohibition list.
He said that these importations are in clear contravention of sections 46 and 47 of Customs and Excise Management Act, CEMA CAP C45 LFN 2004.
CAC said that in line with the Federal government efforts to diversify the economy through non-oil export, the command recorded exportation of agricultural goods, mineral resources, steel and others.
He said that for the first quarter of the year, statistics from the export report indicated that goods worth N34,072,869,799 with Free On Board (FOB) value of $87.992,356.10 million US dollars were exported.
He said that this was as against N30.2 billion, which was equivalent to FOB value of $82.1 million US dollars between the months of January and March.
Yusuf urged stakeholders to join forces with the command and ensure that items that are on the import/export prohibition list are strictly adhered to.
He appealed that they should prepare themselves for the emerging realities of customs examination through non ntrusive inspection (NII) regime.
“The non-intrusive inspection regime is targeted at increasing volume of cargo inspection, saving cost/clearing time, storing reliable data and images for reference purposes and reducing human contact in the examination of containerised cargoes leading to delay in the clearance time.
“The achievement of the command which earned it letter of commendation by the Comptroller-General of Customs would further strengthened our drive to sustain the tempo and up the ante in discharging our responsibilities,” he added.