By this time in 2020, it was a story of adjusting to the ‘new normal’ posed by the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak, disrupting economic activities across the nation’s border with accompanying downturn effects to the nation’s revenue drive through the Nigeria Customs Service.
Fast forward to this same time in 2021, the story is different as the Nigeria Customs Service is declaring a bumper harvest made possible by the resumption of full economic activities across the nation’s border, even though the nation still grapples with eradicating ‘the new normal’
It is in the wake of this back to ‘normalcy’ in trade activities that the Apapa Command of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS has declared a revenue-generation drive to the tune of ₦159.58 billion in the just-concluded first quarter of the year 2021.
This bumper harvest is a sharp difference from the realities of Q1 2020 as the figures of 2021 translates to a 44.8% revenue increase on duty collection compared to the ₦110 billion generated in the same period for the forgone year.
Taxmobile.Online learnt from a press statement disclosed by the service through the Area Controller at Apapa Customs Command, Ibrahim Yusuf that majority of the revenue came from customs duty and charges.
Beyond the return of economic activities from the Covid-19 lockdown, the customs boss in his words accredited the difference recorded as the aftermath of a robust stakeholders engagement, officers’ resolve in discharging their duties, and increased level of compliance in the trade zone.
Breakdown of major Q1 2021 highlight
- The Apapa Command that has become the focus of the NCS for its robust revenue drive had a total seizure during the period under the view of 28 containers containing goods with DPV (Duty Paid value) worth the sum of ₦1.87 billion.
- According to the customs, These seizures are all importations in breach of sections 46, 47, and 161 of the Customs and Excise Management Act CAP C45 LFN 2004 and Schedules 4 and 6 of the Common External Tariff (CET).
- Contents of the confiscated containers were disclosed as rice, wheat declared as supermarket items, medical soap declared as baking powder, Tramadol and others.
- According to the Customs statement, exported goods from Apapa Command were valued at ₦41.55 billion in Q1 2021. These exported items are manufactured goods such as soaps, textiles, noodles, and agricultural products such as cashew nuts, hibiscus, sesame seeds, and other mineral resources.
Earlier this year when the NCS declared a whopping sum of ₦1.562 trillion realized from its operations in 2020 despite the Coviid-19 disruption, the federal agency also reeled out some of its strategies to further improve revenue generation in 2021.
The strategies highlighted included; strict enforcement of extant guidelines by the tariff and trade department, automation of the Customs to eliminate vices, stakeholder sensitization to boost compliance, and increase the disposition of officers and men to put national interest above selves.