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Customs Generates N104.31bn From Exports In 2020

Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Apapa Area Command, generated a total of N104.31bn from exported goods in 2020.

This was made known in a statement signed by the Customs Area Controller, Apapa Command, Comptroller Mohammed Abba-Kura.

Abba-Kura said the exports rose from 262,095 metric tonnes in 2019 to 1,311,365 metric tonnes in 2020.

“The export unit witnessed a boost in its activities. From 262,095 metric tonnes in 2019, it rose to 1,311,365 metric tonnes in 2020.

“The Free on Board value for the exported items equally moved up from $132.76m to $340.88m within the period under review. The naira equivalent of the exported items is estimated at N104.31m at 306 naira per dollar.”

According to him, the exports included steel bars, agricultural and mineral products among others.

Customs Generates N104.31bn From Exports In 2020

Similarly, it recorded N518.05bn between January and December 2020 as revenue.

The statement explained that revenue increased by N94.38bn from the N423.6bn collected in 2019, indicating an increased collection of 22.3 per cent.

The Controller said by strengthening its anti-smuggling operations against economic saboteurs, it was able to record 318 seizures with a duty paid value of N21.19bn.

He highlighted the seized items to include 133 containers of unregistered pharmaceuticals consisting of tramadol, 58 containers of parboiled rice and 30 containers of vegetable oil.

Others included 31 containers of used clothes and shoes and 13 containers of used tires and other items.

Abba-Kura said that the unprecedented achievements were possible as a result of the doggedness and tireless commitment of the officers and men of the command to their duties despite the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging economies all over the world.

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