Apapa Customs Command nets N203bn revenue in H1’19

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Apapa Area Command on Tuesday made public its collected revenue of N203 billion in the first half of 2019, indicating about 15 per cent increase  against  the N176.7 billion collected in the corresponding period of 2018. 
In a statement signed by the Customs Area Comptroller, CAC, Mohammed Abba Kura, the Command said that the collection represents 54.5 percent of its annual revenue target.

The CAC also disclosed that within the period under review, the Command made a total seizure of 29 containers of various items that contradicted import procedures, adding, “all the items breached the federal government fiscal policy measures for 2018/2019.”

He said that: “The command will facilitate speedily legitimate, compliant and all trade that have satisfied the necessary procedures concerning the transaction. All such consignments will get accelerated clearance out of the Customs system.

“The command will continue to build organise capacity building programmes for both officers and stakeholders operating within the command to acquaint them with modern trends, government fiscal policies as well as Nigerian Customs Information System, NICIS II, operative systems.”

The Command, according to him, also recorded a total of 95,229.15 metric tons of export goods with Free On Board, FOB, valued at N14.3 billion, of which most were minerals and agricultural products.

The seized items with Duty Paid Value of N418 million includes tramadol, tomato paste, vegetable oil, fashion footwear, among others.