The Apapa Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service said the command collected a total of ₦86,022,748,549.77 as revenue for the month of October 2021 despite initial glitches that affected its operations.
In a press statement issued by the Public Relations Officer of the command; Usman Abubakar, he said the tempo of increase in revenue collection is being sustained through volume of trade and strategies emplaced by the Customs Area Controller (CAC), Comptroller Malanta Yusuf by raising stakeholders’ compliance level and inter-agency collaboration between the Command and other government agencies.
While commending most port users and stakeholders for their increasing level of compliance, Comptroller Yusuf urged them to continually avoid unlawful activities such as concealments with intent to smuggle. false declaration and under valuation to evade accurate duty payments.
According to him, any importation that runs contrary to the provisions of sections 46 and 47 of Customs and Excise Management Act CAP C45 LFN 2004 and Customs and Excise Notices No.1491 will not be allowed into the country.
He vowed that the command will not compromise wherever and whenever the need arises to make arrests and seizures for infractions deserving of such actions.
He further charged the command’s compliance team to maintain zero tolerance for infractions as a way of protecting the national economy.
The CAC also described the inter agency collaborations between Apapa Customs and other government agencies as an operational masterstroke yielding great results.
“With reference to recent joint seizures of 32.9kg of cocaine uncovered in a vessel, MV Cha Yanee Naree, in Apapa Port in October and 74.119kg of captagon pills hidden in various components of machine parts which was seized in September, Comptroller Yusuf lauded the sustained intelligence sharing between the command and sister agencies like the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Department of State Service (DSS), Nigeria Police, Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Army and others”, he added.
He said only importers and agents who either want to smuggle or evade duty payments will fault the command and it’s growing synergies with other agencies which is strengthened through collaborations.
He also advised all importers and agents to take advantage of the one stop shop compliance and dispute resolution mechanism aimed at achieving trade facilitation without compromising national revenue and security.
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