Yusuf said that as regards anti-smuggling measures, within two months of assuming leadership, the command made significant seizures of 23 containers of various banned items.
He listed the items as: unregistered pharmaceuticals like tramadol/codeine, used clothing, foreign parboiled rice with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N773,809,620 between February and March.
“The containers had rice, wheat declared as supermarket items, medical soap declared as baking powder, tramadol and others.
“These 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).
“These cases are at various stages of investigation and in due time will be revealed,” he said.
Yusuf said that the statistics extracted from the system revealed that goods worth over N41.55 billion had been exported through Apapa port between January to March.
He listed the exported goods as manufactured products such as soaps, textiles, noodles, agricultural products such as cashew nuts, hibiscus, sesame seeds and other mineral resources.
He noted that the total tonnage of the said export stood at 116 million tonnes with Free on Board value of $109.66 million.
“We have indeed improved our existing collaboration in the area of information sharing and other areas that would further make it difficult for perpetrators of trade malpractice to succeed in our port.”
He said that the command had achieved enhanced Customs Community Relations through meetings and strategic engagements with various stakeholders.
The controller listed the stakeholders as importers, licensed customs agents, media and others who interfaced with customs in trade supply chain.
Yusuf urged officers and men of the command to remain focused and steadfast in discharging their assigned responsibilities at any given time to sustain such performances. (NAN)