Apapa Customs Command generates N404 bn in 2018

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Apapa Area Command, on Thursday disclosed that it generated N404, 020,447,791/42 as revenue for 2018.

With the given figure,  the Command achieved 95 per cent of its revenue target for 2018, which was pegged at N426,192,827.46.
A comparative analysis of the revenue showed that in 2018, the command generated N53,042,035, 977.22 more than the 2017 revenue collection, representing an increased collection of 13.13 percent over 2017 collection.
The Customs Area Controller (CAC) Apapa Command, Bashir Abubakar, who made this known at the Command’s office attributed the success to the selfless stance of officers and men of the command and also with the support and backup of the CGC, Col Hammed Ali and his management team.
He said the other strategies the command adopted which led to the success includes insistence on seamless operation of the import and export business by his administration, including the introduction of a 24-hour dispute resolution team, one spot examination at all unit and agencies.
The strategies such as advanced system and monitoring, collaboration between internal and external units of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), and other government agencies, and the implementation of these strategies, he further explained, had helped to block most revenue leakages and enhanced trade facilitation and security.
“In the year under review, the command also seized and condemned 41 of 40ft containers or controlled pharmaceutical drugs including tramadol in excess of the allowable milligrams with Duty Paid Value (DPV) N8.812billion.
“Furthermore, the command also intercepted and seized one export bound used helicopter with registration number 5BN valued at N210.6 million, in addition another import bound Aircraft “Cessna 182A” in CKD with serial no. 3400 valued at N486.9 million was also seized in accordance with the provision of the extant laws and guidelines.
“All these times were seized owning to various infractions such as false declaration, concealment and complete disregard to import and export guidelines,” Abubakar said.
The Command, he revealed, recorded high level of compliance on export declaration while 2, 500 containers were blocked for non-compliance.
Yet, he said, the Command recorded 1, 26649.67 metric tons of exported good in 2018 valued $239,467,926.23 (N 73.157 billion).
He noted the command’s achievement in 2018 earned the command the World Customs Organisation (WCO) award during the WCO day in January 2019.
The CAC therefore urged stakeholders to continue  to corporate with customs by adhering strictly to the extant laws and guidelines on import and export for the benefit of the nation's economy.