The Apapa Command, Nigeria Customs Service, Lagos, said it generated N518,046,832,016.84 into the federation and non-federation accounts of the Federal Government in 2020.
The Customs Area Controller (CAC), Comptroller Mohammed Abba-Kura stated this in a press statement released by the command.
“In contrast, this (N518,046,832,016.84) clearly shows that the revenue profile of the Command has significantly increased by N94,379,835,352.53 from the N423.6 billion that was collected in the year 2019. This indicates an increased collection of 22.3%,” said Comptroller Mohammed Abba-Kura.
According to him, export cargo handled by the command in the year rose from 262,095, metric tons to 1,311,365 in 2020. The Free on Board (FOB) value for the exported items equally moved up from $132,760,512.94 million US dollars to $340,884,102.99 million within the period under review.
Abba-Kura noted that the command recorded a total of three hundred and eighteen (318) seizures with Duty Paid Value of Twenty-one billion, One hundred and ninety-six million, Eight hundred and six thousand, Six hundred and thirty seven naira (N21,196,806,637.00). Items exported include steel bars, agricultural and mineral products among others.
Items seized, according to him, were 133 containers of unregistered pharmaceuticals including tramadol, 58 containers of parboiled rice, 30 containers of vegetable oil, 31 containers of used clothes and shoes and 13 containers of used tyres, and other sundry items. He noted that this figure almost tripled the total seizures for the year 2019 which stood at 112 with total Duty Paid Value of N12.5 billion.
“In line with the provision of extant circulars; trade guidelines and enforcement of government fiscal policy measures, the Command was able to further strengthen its anti-smuggling operations against economic saboteurs, through credible intelligence-driven operations and continuous partnership with other relevant agencies for effective port management to stem their illegitimate activities,” said he.
Attributing these achievements to the doggedness and tireless commitment to officers to duties, despite the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging economies all over the world, Comptroller Abba-Kura said the command has taken bold initiatives by creating an enabling environment for legitimate businesses to thrive to ensure the collection of appropriate revenue for the government in 2021.