Apapa Customs remits N1.022tn, seizes contraband worth N14.4bn DPV, arrests 60 suspects

Apapa Customs remits N1.022tn, seizes contraband worth N14.4bn DPV, arrests 60 suspects
Comptroller Malanta

The Nigeria Customs Service, Apapa Command has remitted N1,022,530,523,699.5 trillion as revenue collected, seized  contrabands worth N14.4bn, and gotten 60 suspects arrested.

In a press release e-signed by CAC Malanta Ibrahim Yusuf, the Apapa Command Controller, the revenue collected was 16.07 per cent higher than the N870,388 billion collected in 2021.

“From the second quarter of 2022, 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.

“However, with all these setbacks in the clearance value chain, the Apapa Command was able to collect revenue to the tune of N1,022,530,523,699.5 trillion as revenue for the year 2022.

“This is 16.07% higher than the N870,388,340,650.65 collected in the year 2021.

“The feat was made possible because of the resilience of the command’s officers and men in blocking revenue leakages and ensuring that all unpaid declarations and unutilized PAARs were traced and accounted into the Federal Government coffers.

“The command has intensified its anti-smuggling operations through leveraging on its technological infrastructure to ensure that illicit trade, which poses threat to the national security and well-being of the society are being detected and controlled from finding their way to society.

“In the year under review, a total number of 157 containers with a duty paid value (DPV) of N14.4 billion were seized, as against 102 containers with DPV of N31.8 billion seized in the year 2021.

“Our record shows that fake and prohibited drugs without NAFDAC certification topped the list of seizures made last year. Other items seized include codeine syrup, foreign parboiled rice, vegetable oil, processed/unprocessed wood, used clothing, etc.

“On export trade, in line with the Federal Government diversification of the economy in non-oil export, the Command recorded a total of $68.5 million Free onboard (FOB) value with a naira equivalent of N28.2 billion of non-oil commodities with a total tonnage of 6.4 million Metric tonnes exported through Apapa port.

“The Command has promoted a culture of regular stakeholder engagement with bonded terminal operators, importers, exporters, freight forwarders, licenced customs agents, shipping companies, and others”.

Comptroller Yusuf stated specifically commended compliant traders who do sincere declarations, pay accurate duty and obey extant import and export guidelines without violating the prohibition lists, as he promised that the Command under his watch, Apapa, will continue to create a conducive working environment to protect their investments.