*Pay Accurate Duty And Get Required Permits To Avoid Losing Your
Investments And Face prosecution – Compt.Malanta.
By Silas Onuoha
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Apapa Command, again have recorded a seizure of 13 containers with
duty paid value of 285 million in the month of November 2021
The Command also made a seizure
of 46.55 kg of cocaine concealed on vessels MV KARTERIA and
CHAYANEE NAREE with a street value of N13.2 billion
recorded on two different occasions.
Under the watch of Comptroller. Yusuf Malanta Ibrahim ,
Apapa Command seizures
between January-November 2021 stood at 97 containers
with a total duty paid value of N17.5 billion.
Notable among the seized items are hard substance like Captagon pills,
Cocaine, Tramadol, Codeine syrup, Foreign par boiled rice, Tomato paste,
Used clothings. “These were seizures made based on clear
contravention of sections 46, 47 and 161 of CEMA (Customs and Excise
Management Act) Cap C45 LFN 2004,” the CAC said.
Going further Compt Malanta warned.
“For the avoidance of doubt, we would like to reiterate here that we will
not compromise proper examination on the altar of trade facilitation, and
we will also not relent on sharing intelligence to alert the system on false
declaration even after examination or release of falsely declared cargo.
Concealments will always be unveiled through the use of forensic manifest
management system and synergy with other sister agencies in the port.
“While appreciating our stakeholders and compliant traders for keeping to
the rules of engagement on import and export procedures by adhering to
the dictates of import/export guidelines, I would like to warn perpetrators
of illegalities that our officers are always vigilant to uncover any form of
I once again want to urge the trading public to make sincere declarations,
pay accurate duty and get required permits to avoid losing their
investments and facing prosecution”.
On revenue , the Apapa Area Command collected a recordbreaking revenue figure of N89.7 billion in November 2021,
the highest monthly collection in history by any command of the Nigeria Customs
Service (NCS). Bringing
the command revenue profile between January-November 2021 at N784.8 billion.
According to the CAC,
“This remarkable feat is a result of improved inter agency synergies,
enhanced trade facilitation, speedy dispute resolution and prevention of
revenue leakages.Finally, the command remains resolute on contributing to the actualisation
of the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd)
agenda in the area of increase in revenue collection and non compromise
for smuggling”, he said.
Other Seized Items