Apapa Customs Records 1.022 trn as Revenue for year 2022... makes 14.4 bn Seizures

Apapa Customs Records 1.022 trn as Revenue for year 2022
... makes 14.4 bn  Seizures 

The Apapa Area Command of Nigeria Customs Service has  recorded a revenue increase of 16.7% in the 2022 compared to what the command generated in year 2021

The Command recorded a revenue generation of one trillion, twenty two billion , five hundred and thirty million, five hundred and twenty three thousand, six hundred and ninety nine naira, four kobo(#1,022,530,523,699.4) for year 2022, making it 16.7% higher than the eight hundred and seventy billion, three hundred and eighty eight million, three hundred and forty thousand, six hundred and fifty naira, sixty five kobo (#870,388,340,650.65).

The Area Controller In charge of the Command, Comptroller Malanta Ibrahim Yusuf made this known during a press briefing of the end of the year 2022. 

He said the feat was made possible because of the resilience of men and officers of the command in blocking revenue leakages and ensuring all unpaid declaration and unutiized PAARs were traced and accounted.to the federal government accounts.

Malanta emphasised that the central concern of the service is to deploy technology to automate processes and procedures in maintaining a feat between trade facilitation, revenue generation and security of the nation.

Comptroller Malanta stated that the0ll command made a seizure of 157 containers with duty paid value (DPV) of #14.4billion as a against 102 containers with DPV of #32.8billion seized in year 2021.

He said this was made possible as a result of the commands intensification of its anti-smuggling operations through leveraging on its technological infrastructure in ensuring illicit trade posing threat to the nation security and wellbeing of the society are being detected and controlled from finding their way to the market.

He said  the command has strived to move beyond it’s potentials in ensuring synergy and collaboration with other stakeholders in the port to address the menace of illicit importation.

Comptroller Malanta hinted that fake and prohibited frugs without necessary NAFDAC certification and overdose drugs of tramadol top the list of seizures made in year 2022 with other items such as codeine syrup, foreign parboiled rice, vegetable oil, processed/unprocessed wood, used clothing’s among others.

He disclosed that a total number of 60 suspects were arrested in connection with some of the seizures and are at various stages of investigation and prosecution by the appropriate government agencies.

On export trade, Comptroller Malanta said ” In line with the federal government diversification of the economy in non-oil export , the command recorded a total of $68.5 million Free On Board (FOB) Value with a naira equivalent of #28.2 billion on non oil commodities with a total tonnage of 6.4million metric tonnes exported through Apapa port.

” Items exported through Apapa port last year 2022 include steal bars, agricultural products such as hibiscus, sesame seeds, cocoa , cashew nuts, ginger, soya beans and mineral products”

The command boss disclosed that collaborating with other government agencies and stakeholders has yielded a boost. "The command has promoted a culture of regular stakeholder engagement with bonded terminal operators, importers, exporters, freight forwarders, licensed customs agents, shipping companies and others.

“The need for compliance has always been the thrust of our meetings. We continue to sensitize them on the need to comply with extant trade guidelines for faster and cheaper clearance of cargo and to avoid losing their investment and possible prosecution.

The Area Comptroller decorated some of the newly promoted officers of the command

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