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Apapa Customs command collects N1.02 trln revenue in 2022, 16% more than 2021

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The Apapa Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) said on Thursday that it has collected total revenue of N1.02 trillion between January and December 2022 for the federal government.

The Customs Area Controller in charge of the command, Malanta Yusuf, told journalists on Thursday at the command in Apapa, Lagos that the figure is 16 percent higher than the N870 billion collected by the command in the previous year 2021.

“This feat was made possible because of our officers and men’s resilience in blocking revenue leakages and ensuring that all unpaid declarations and unutilised Pre-Arrival Assessment Reports were traced and accounted to the Federal Government coffers”

He also stated that N28.2 billion in commodities were exported through the command during the review period.

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According to Yusuf, the command recorded a total of $68.5 million in Free on Board export consignments in 2022. He also stated that the figure had a total tonnage of 6.4 million metric tons.

“Items exported through Apapa port last year 2022 include steel bars, agricultural produce such as Hibiscus, Sesame, Cocoa, Cashew nuts, Ginger, Soya Beans and mineral products,” he said.

Yusuf, however, said that the industry experienced a backdrop in trade from the second quarter of 2022.

“It will be recalled that from the second quarter of last year, the industry experienced a backdrop in trade, occasioned by fluctuation in exchange rate and a sharp drop in the purchasing power by the consumers which made trade unpredictable.

“In the year under review, a total number of 157 containers with a duty paid value of N14.4bn were seized, as against 102 containers with DPV of N32bn
seized in the year 2021.

The customs boss said that fake and prohibited drugs without necessary National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control certification and overdose drugs of Tramadol top the list of seizures made last year.

“Other items seized include codeine syrup, foreign parboiled rice, vegetable oil, processed/unprocessed wood, used clothing, etc. So far, 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 other agencies of government we handed over to relevant agency” he said.

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