The Seme Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service said it collected N594million revenue in the month of January 2017.
This is in addition to 43 seizures with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N92milllion impounded in the review period.
A statement by the Public Relations Officer of the command, Taupyen Salenchang made available to SHIPS & PORTS DAILY at the weekend said the revenue collected was majorly from imported general goods and baggage assessment using the Passengers Baggage Entry System (PBES) platform.
Commenting on the revenue figure, Controller of the command, Comptroller Victor Dimka said that the ban on vehicles through the land borders had no negative implication to the Service since no revenue was lost to the federal government coffers.
This according to him is because the revenue that was supposed to be collected through the land border is still collected at the seaport without leakages.
Dimka further re-iterated that every officer must ensure total compliance of the policy to succeed saying that all hands must be on deck to ensure that the success of the policy was intelligently driven with a robust relationship between the border command and the host communities.
He enjoined the officers and men to work assiduously to give their best to the Service in a challenging time like this stating that the command cannot afford to fail because much was expected from it.
He assured that the command would continue to perform her statutory functions of revenue generation, facilitation of legitimate trade, combating of smuggling activities across the frontier and securing the nation’s territorial integrity among others.
The Controller said that the anti-smuggling unit of the command was already frustrating the attempt by smugglers who dare try the might of the government in smuggling used vehicles through the land border.
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