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Apapa Customs Command generates N870.39bn in 2021



The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Apapa Area Command, says the command generated revenue of N870.39 billion from January to December 2021.

Area Comptroller Comptroller Malanta Yusuf said this at a press conference in Lagos on Thursday.

Yusuf added that the command during the period intercepted contraband goods worth N31.23 billion.

He pointed out that the income generated had been remitted to the federative and non-federative accounts of the Federal Government, respectively.

Yusuf said that the command’s revenue profile had increased significantly per cent compared to N518.4 billion generated in 2020.

“The year 2022 is a year of hope and great expectations, particularly with an increase in service revenue target of N4.1 trillion.

“For us at Apapa Area Command, we have already boarded and fastened our seat belts toward realizing this revenue goal and will take advantage of the digital transformation rollout.

“The transformation will further harmonize the activities of our shareholders towards a seamless ease of doing business at the port,” he said.

Yusuf pointed out that the command, in accordance with the provisions of existing circulars, business guidelines and the implementation of government policy measures, strengthened its anti-smuggling operations against economic spoilers.

He noted that this was through operations driven by credible intelligence and continued partnership with other relevant agencies for effective port management.

Yusuf said the commando made 103 seizures and noteworthy was the seizure of 46.55 kilograms of cocaine hidden on the MV Karteria and MV Chayanee Naree vessels loaded with raw sugar.

He listed some of the items seized as: foreign parboiled rice, tomato paste, second-hand clothing, unregistered pharmaceuticals such as captagon tablets, tramadol, codeine syrup, and others.

“These were seizures made pursuant to the provisions of sections 46, 47 and 161 of CEMA (Customs and Excise Administration Act) Cap C45 LFN 2004.

“For the avoidance of doubt, I want to repeat here that no matter whose gored ox it is, the command will not tolerate any form of illicit behavior in the commercial supply chain.

“Not only are we going to expose these recalcitrant merchants, but we are going to make sure that they are tried with the maximum penalty according to the laws of the country,” he said.

Regarding exports, he said the command saw a boom in the export of non-oil commodities with an increase of about 110 percent in tonnage.

Yusuf said the free-on-board value for exported items also rose to $641 million from $340 million in 2020.

It listed exported items to include steel bars, agricultural products, and minerals, among others.

The area controller said the command had strengthened risk assessment capacity through forensic system audit and dispute resolution procedures in accordance with the World Customs Organization (WCO) standard.

Yusuf said the command had achieved industrial harmony with all government agencies in the Apapa port, especially the Nigerian Ports Authority, the Nigerian Standards Organization, the National Drug Enforcement Agency and others.

He said that in terms of the scanners obtained, 70 percent of its procedures had been deployed, noting that by February it would be fully deployed.

The area controller added that the implementation of the scanner would not only increase revenue, but also strengthen security since it would reveal any type of concealment.

Furthermore, Ms. Olufumilayo Olotu, Port Administrator of the Lagos Port Complex, said that on the export side, lilypond has currently been identified as the final export processing center for goods entering the port complex.

Olotu said the NCS and other government agencies would be informed of the launch date in due course.

“This means that everything that has been made and sealed there can now approach the port, without stopping in the port corridor; it is fair that they come to the port and then to the ship.

“If we are a nation dependent on imports, it will not build our economy, it is when we are able to export our goods and they arrive at the destination in the right quality and quantity, then the nation can compete effectively in the sub-region,” she said. .

The manager said that the collaboration between the agencies in the port corridor was key and the activities within this axis have been very successful due to the collaboration of all.

“We are all here to ensure that the necessary platform is provided for everyone to do the right thing and that the name Nigeria does not attract any more negative comments,” he said.

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