Apapa Customs Command Hits N1.02 Trillion Revenue Mark, Seizures Drop by 67%

Apapa Customs Command Hits N1.02 Trillion Revenue Mark, Seizures Drop by 67%
The Apapa Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has achieved a landmark revenue of N1.023 trillion for the first half of 2024, representing a 143% increase compared to the same period in 2023. This achievement was disclosed by the Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Babatunde Olomu, during a press briefing in Apapa on Monday.

While the command's revenue collection has increased significantly, its anti-smuggling record has dropped by about 67% compared to the corresponding period of last year. The command made seizures of eleven containers comprising prohibited items with a Duty Paid Value of N424 million, a significant decrease from the 42 seizures with a DPV of N1.4 billion made in the corresponding period in 2023.

Comptroller Olomu attributed the command's success to robust intelligence gathering, enhanced customs-community relations, and a non-intrusive inspection regime. He emphasized the command's commitment to trade facilitation, prevention of revenue losses, and collaboration with sister government agencies and private sector stakeholders.

The command has also strengthened its relationship with sister agencies, including the Nigeria Police, Department of State Service (DSS), NDLEA, NAFDAC, SON, NIS, NAQS, Nigerian Army, and Nigerian Navy, to achieve shared responsibilities and national interest.

Comptroller Olomu expressed appreciation to the Comptroller-General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, and the entire Management team for their support and leadership. He also commended officers and men of the command for their resilience and stakeholders for their support, urging continued collaboration to achieve a better second half for 2024.

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