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Prolong closure of borders impacted revenue generation by Customs at Seme

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The Seme Area Command of the Nigerian Customs Service has lamented the severe impact of prolonged border closures on revenue generation at the Seme border.

The Customs Area Controller Seme Command, Dera Nnadi provided the figures during a media briefing on the command’s first-quarter (Q1) performance and the handing over of fake $6 million to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, as well as the handing over of other seized items to partner government agencies at Seme, Badagry.

“The command’s major source of revenue (import and export) has not been increased since the opening of the land borders as directed by the Federal Government of Nigeria, as traders are still bracing for the challenges of being out,” he said.

Nnadi also revealed that the command seized 1,160 dead rats, 1,102 dead tiny birds, 34 pieces of monkey skin, and 14 parcels of cannabis sativa.

He explained that the command discovered an international syndicate that specializes in such illegal transactions, saying, “We must be aware that the entire world is battling various diseases.”

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“We recently recovered from Ebola and Coronavirus; who knows what would come out of these dead rats and birds if they were not seized?”

Nnadi stated that the Command facilitated the movement of goods under the ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Scheme, ETLS, in the first quarter of this year, Q1’22. There are 425 trucks with fees totaling N314.72 million, and 412 baggage declarations with duties totaling N58.84 million.

According to him, the items imported under this arrangement included food and beverages produced in the sub-region.

He stated that 1,243 trucks carrying 40,096.47 metric tons of made-in-Nigeria cargo were declared on 165 Single Administrative Documents (SAD) with a Free On Board value of N4.29 billion and a N21.46 million National Export Supervision Scheme (NESS) fee.

He pointed out that during the same period in 2022, 3006 trucks bearing 116,053.9 metric tons of cargo with a FOB value of N6.59 billion and a NESS fee of N32.98 million were recorded.

(omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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