Apapa Customs earns N213bn revenue in three months

The Apapa Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service said it has earned N213bn worth of revenue between January to March 2023.

The Customs Area Controller in charge of the command, Auwal Mohammed, said this on Tuesday while addressing journalists at the command.

Mohammed also said the service intercepted 144m tablets of tramadol worth N22bn enroute Nigeria from India in March.

He said the tablets which was 225mg each weighing 10.3tonnes, were concealed in two 40feet containers.

“It is pertinent to mention that on Friday, 31 March, 2023, we uncovered a large quantity of 225mg of tramadol tablets concealed in 2x40ft container numbers TRHU 4758549 and TRHU 6936803 where 144m tablets of Tramadol 225mg were discovered in 720 cartons weighing 10.3 tons that originated from India. This single seizure is valued at N21.6bn.”

He said the command within the period under review also processed agricultural products like sesame seeds, ginger, hibiscus, mineral resources, steel ignot and others for export.

The Apapa Customs boss said that the exported products had a total tonnage of 110, 448metric tons in the first quarter of 2023.

“Statistics from the export shows that the exported goods are worth N70bn. Which is equivalent to free on board value of $159m.”

He also said that within the period under review, the command seized a total of 14 containers comprising of prohibited items.

“The items include, vegetable oil, footwears, used clothing, unprocessed wood and tramadol with a duty paid value of N22bn.”

Mohammed said that the command has commenced manhunt for those who are behind such unlawful importations.

“Very soon we will track them down to face the full wrath of the law. As a service, we owe Nigerians the duty to prevent this kind of importation from entering the market to safeguard the health of the citizenry.”

He said since inception as the Apapa Customs boss in January, he has had meetings with various stakeholder groups comprising importers, exporters, licensed agents and fright forwarders.

“In this command we have a deliberate culture of inter-agency collaboration with other government organisations. Within the first three months, I have enjoy robust sharing of credible intelligence and support from other agencies of government.”

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