The Nigeria Customs Service (Apapa), says it recorded about $46.6 million as a Free On Board (FOB) value for exported goods and generated N203.2 billion as revenue in the last 6months.
The Controller of Apapa Command, Comptroller Muhammad Abba-Kura, disclosed this in Apapa when he inspected some intercepted goods in one of the terminals on Tuesday in Lagos.
He said ‘’the command recorded a total of 95, 229.15 metric tons of exported goods within the period under review and that most of the exported products were agricultural products. He said that the N203.2 billion generated was N26.5 billion higher than the N176. 7billion generated in the corresponding period of 2018. He added that the figure represented 54.5 per cent of the annual revenue target of the command.
Abba-Kura said the items seized includes tomato paste, vegetable oil, ladies’ wears, Tramadol, and other drugs, armored glasses without end-user certificate and drilling pipes labelled in foreign language. He said that two of 40ft containers of 25kg foreign parboiled rice from Thailand were also among the items intercepted and a container of drugs, including Tramadol, which were falsely declared.
He explained that the parboiled rice was declared as processed furniture while the Tramadol was declared as medicament. He attributed the revenue success of the command to strict adherence to professionalism through sensitization of officers to their responsibilities. “Periodic stakeholders’ meetings, open door policy, prompt resolution of disputes by the Dispute Resolution Committee as well as maintaining the right synergy and collaboration with other sister agencies also contributed to the command increased revenue.
continue to build on existing strategies put in place by my predecessor,
Comptroller Bashir Abubakar,”. He urged stakeholders to genuinely declare their
goods, adding that they could visit his office or any other officer in the
command during working hours for further clarifications.