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Apapa Customs Handles Export Worth N73bn In 2018

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The Apapa area command of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS ) on Thursday, said it handled 1.20 million metric tonnes of export worth N73billion in 2018.

Speaking at a press briefing in Lagos yesterday, the customs area controller, Bashir Abubakar, also disclosed that the command generated a  sum of N404billion as revenue from import in 2018.

According to him, the command which achieved high compliance level among exporters also blocked 2500 containers for non-compliance to export procedures.

“The command in 2018 recorded 1.2 million metric tonnes of exported goods with Free On Board (FOB) value of $240 million which is equivalent to N73.1 billion.

He continued, “The year under review also achieved high level of compliance on export declaration while about 2500 containers were blocked and forced to comply with requisite guidelines.”

However, on revenue collected on import,  Abubakar said the figure generated in 2018 represented 95 per cent of the command’s revenue target for 2018, which stands at N426 billion.

He said that the other strategies the command adopted which lead to the success include seamless operation of the import and export business by his administration.

Abubakar also explained that he introduced 24-hour dispute resolution team, one spot examination at all unit and agencies and strategies such as advanced system and monitoring, collaboration between internal and external units of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and other government agencies.

He said that the implementation of these strategies had helped to block most revenue leakages, enhanced trade facilitation and national security.


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