Apapa Customs Generates N404bn Revenue In 2018

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Hyacinth Chinweuba

The Customs Area Controller (CAC), Nigeria Customs Service, Comptroller Bashir Abubakar, Thursday said his Command generated N404 billion last year.

Abubakar told newsmen at a media briefing that the figure was 13.13 per cent higher than the figure for 2017 which was N350.9 billion.

He said, “This when reviewed against the yearly target of N426, 1bn, represents 95 percent of the revenue target. This shows that the Command in 2018, collected N53, 042. 035, 977. 22, above the 2017 revenue collection. This clearly indicates an increased collection of 13:13 per cent over the 2017 collection”.

He said this was possible because of the selfless position of the officers in their job and the support received from the Comptroller-General of Customs, Retired Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali and management team.

Abubakar said the Command was keen on monitoring and collaborations to be able to achieve the best results.

“Seventy two containers of various general goods such as used spare parts, used tyres and other Sundry goods Valued at N9.626 billion in 2018.

“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 on export bound used helicopter with registration number 5BN valued at N210.6 million, in addition another port bound Aircraft “Cessna 182A” in CKD with serial no. 3400 valued at N486.9 million.

“These above items were 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.”

On export, he said there was high level of compliance in declaration but said 2,500 containers were blocked for non-compliance.

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