Apapa Customs command generates N1.023 trillion in six months

Apapa Customs generates N1.23bn, increases revenue by 143% in six months


The Apapa Area Command of Nigeria Customs Service said it generated the sum of N1.023 trillion as revenue in the first half of the year.

Controller of the Command, Comptroller Babatunde Olomu, disclosed during a press briefing on Monday.

He said that the amount generated shows a 143% increase compared to the revenue generated in the corresponding period of 2023.

He explained that extra measures were put in place to achieve the revenue in the area of taking a deep look at leakages, especially in bonded terminals under the Command despite a sharp reduction in the volume of trade.

On trade facilitation, Comptroller Olomu said the command applied a blend of intelligence with community relations for better awareness of the operating environment to achieve greater trade facilitation and fight criminality.

Apapa Customs generates N1.23bn, increases revenue by 143% in six months

He emphasised that his officers addressed complaints and disputes within record time and that he operates an open door policy where everyone could see him to discuss matters that will facilitate trade.

On anti-smuggling activities, Olomu said the command intercepted 11 containers with prohibited items, namely, unregistered pharmaceuticals, used clothing, armoured cables and frozen poultry products with a duty paid value of N424.1 million as against the 42 seizures with a duty paid value of N1.4 billion made in the first half of last year.

He said last week, a large quantity of expired and unregistered pharmaceuticals were uncovered in three 40ft containers with numbers TCKU 6928184, MRKU 4422733 and MRSU 5550243.

He said another set of containers with numbers MNBU 3934925, MEDU 9107559 and MEDU 9752980 loaded with 7,580 cartons of frozen products unsafe for human consumption which violates the schedule 3 of the revised import prohibition list of the Common External Tariff (CET) and Section 233 of the Nigeria Customs Service Act 2023, were also seized.