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Customs service records 6019 seizures

07 February 2013, 16:01

 Abuja  - The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) recorded a total of 6,019 seizures with a duty paid value of N4.3 billion in 2012, according to the service.

A summary of the seizure reports from January to December 2012 was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja.

According to the report, 308 arrests were made in connection with the seizures, while the number of general goods seized was 3,996.

A breakdown of other seizures recorded by the service in 2012 includes 1,970 cars, 52 motorcycles, five boats and 52 containers.

In comparative terms, the seizures recorded in 2012 were higher than the 5,784 recorded in 2011.

However, the duty paid value in 2011 was N8.4 billion, compared with the N4.3 billion in 2012.

Also there was a decline in the number of arrests in 2012 compared with the 476 arrests recorded by the service in 2011.

Meanwhile, official figures obtained by NAN shows that in 2012 the service generated a revenue of N850.8 billion below Federal Government’s target of N872.2 billion.

A breakdown of the figures in 2012 showed that N508 billion was paid into the Federation Account and N324.8 billion into the Non-Federation account.

Comparatively, the service collected a total of N850.8 billion in 2012, compared with N741.8 billion in 2011.

According to the summary of revenue figures in 2012, the service collected N404.8 billion on import duty (cash), N33.6 billion on Negotiable Duty Clearance Certificate.

The service earned N38.5 billion from excise duty while Common External Tariff Levy (CET) amounted to N29.7 billion and fees, N1.3 billion.

A competent customs source, however, told NAN that more than N53 billion was lost to waivers and concessions in 2012.

The source noted that if the concessions and waivers were added, the service would have exceeded the Federal Government’s target in 2012.


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