September 26, 2022

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Apapa Customs revenue collection hits N366bn in six months

Controller, Apapa Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Comptroller Yusuf Malanta (middle) addressing journalists on the command's activities for the first half of the year in Lagos on Tuesday.

The Apapa Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has declared the sum of N366billion as revenue generated in the first half of the year, January to June 2021.
Controller of the Command, Comptroller Yusuf Malanta, who disclosed this while briefing journalists on the activities of the command in Lagos on Tuesday, said the revenue represents 61 percent increase when compared to the N227billion collected in the first half of 2020.
Comptroller Malanta added that the command also generated the highest revenue figure of N78.4 billion in the month of June, an increase of over 90 percent when compared to the N42.4 billion collected in the corresponding month under the review.
The feat, he said, was made possible by officers’ resilience and commitment in ensuring collections of appropriate revenue, robust stakeholders engagement and seamless facilitation of compliant trade.
“This unprecedented record is a great validation of our new approach to revenue drive. It is also fitting to emphasize here that this volume of revenue has never been recorded in the history of the flagship command.
On anti smuggling, Comptroller Malanta said 46 containers of various items constituting contraband, fake and unregistered pharmaceuticals drugs with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N27.6 billion were seized in the first half of the year.
“Our sustained anti- smuggling campaign and the increased level of compliance have resulted in reduction of smuggling activities throughout the command. Thus, for the period under review, the command recorded 10 seizures of various uncustoms goods such as tomato paste, used clothing, unregistered pharmaceuticals drugs with a Duty Paid Value of N442million.
“All these importations are contrary to the provision of sections 46 & 47 of Customs and Excise Management Act CAP C45 LFN 2004 and Customs & Excise Notices No. 1491,” he explained.

Speaking on exports, the Customs boss disclosed that goods worth N272.3 billion have been exported through Apapa port in the first half of the year.

“These exports include Agricultural goods such as sesame seed, ginger, hibiscus flower and other mineral resources. The total tonnage of the said export stood at 1.6 million tones with FOB value of $103 billion,” he said.

Comptroller Malanta expressed appreciation to the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hammed Ali (Rtd) and his management team for the opportunity, support and encouragement given in the course of discharging their responsibilities.

He urged importers, exporters, Customs brokers and freight forwarders to imbibe the culture of compliance as part of their standard operating procedure as it will reduce the time and cost of doing business at the port.