Apapa Customs records an impressive Seizure between January to September 2022

The Apapa Area Command of Nigeria Customs Service  has recorded the sum of Seven hundred and ninety billion, Six hundred and thirty million, Four hundred and six thousand, Nine hundred and eighty naira, ninety-six kobo (N790,630,406,980.96) revenue between the period of January to September 2022.

The amount shows an impressive improvement of N181.5 billion against N609 billion naira which was recorded in the year 2021.

At the command , the Customs Area Controller in charge of the Command, Comptroller Ibrahim Yusuf Malanta briefed the pressmen that the recorded figure represents 29.89% increment.

He said this is attributed to the efforts of his officers and men “This remarkable achievement was made possible because of our officers tireless commitment to ensure that all revenue leakages are being mitigated, as well as sustaining the level of compliance by the importers/stakeholders the clearance value chain”.

In the area of anti-smuggling activities, the Command boss hinted that it has been one of the command’s focal points, especially with the activities of some unrepentant traders who are always looking for avenues to undermine the system.

He added that the command has fortified its forensic manifest management to monitor and detect fraudulent transaction through audit trial to ensure that illicit trade are being tracked before the declarations are lodged.

The Controller said “Furthermore, the enforcement unit has been reinforced through improved collaboration and sharing of credible intelligence with relevant government agencies to suppress smuggling activities to its barest minimum.

“For the period under review, the command recorded one hundred and forty-five seizures of various items with a duty paid value (DPV) of Twelve billion, four hundred and ninety-six million, six hundred and seventy-two thousand, one hundred and twenty-two naira (N12,496,672, 122.00)

“These seized items include unregistered medicaments such as tramadol and codeine, processed/unprocessed wood, used clothing, ladies/ men footwear, foreign parboiled rice, tomato paste, vegetable oil and other sundry items that falls under import/export prohibition list.

“These importations are in clear breach of sections 46 and 47 of Customs and Excise Management Act, CEMA CAP C45 LFN 2004”. He quipped.

Malanta hinted that the Command is always ready to assist in facilitating legitimate trade according to trade guidelines and ensuring that all forms of smuggling activities is absolutely dealt with.

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