We generated over N1.6bn in October – Lagos airport Customs

We generated over N1.6bn in October – Lagos airport Customs

The Murtala Muhammed International Airport command of the Nigeria Customs Service has said that it collected a total sum of N1.6bn as revenue for the month of October 2022.

A statement by the command’s Public Relations Officer, Destiny Tomo, said that the command also collected N982m as revenue from import duties.

The statement further said that the duty was remarkable following the COVID-19 lockdown that placed restrictions on travelers and affected revenue of the According to the statement, there were no incidences of smuggling activities through the airport within the period under review.

She said, “The Nigeria Customs Service, MMIA Command, recorded success in revenue collection and trade facilitation as there were no incidences of smuggling activities through the airport within the period of this report. Since the deployment of Customs Area Controllers and resumption on 15 Aug 2022, the Command has been successful in the core values of the Service which includes suppression of smuggling, revenue collection and trade facilitation. There has been a gradual increase in the revenue collection drive of the Command. To be specific, in the October review, we collected over N1.6bn, of which N982m was revenue collected from import duty. This is a remarkable revenue collection after the COVID-19 lock down that placed restrictions on travelers and drop in importation coupled with the inflation on exchange rate.”

The image maker, in the statement, said that the command had also facilitated the formal export of locally manufactured goods.

“The Command also facilitated the formal export of locally manufactured goods, although in low volume, due to the peculiarity of the Command as airport terminals to the tune of N1.9m. This achievement was through due diligence with the application of extant laws such as Sections 72 and 145 of the Customs and Excise Management Act CAP C45 Law of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 2004 (CEMA CAP C45 LFR 2004).”

She reiterated that the command would continue to pursue its mandate, which was trade facilitation, collection of revenue and fighting of smuggling within their jurisdiction.

“As a matter of fact, we shall continue to pursue our given mandate of trade facilitation and collection of revenue as well as suppressing smuggling within our jurisdiction, while ensuring an efficient and friendlier traveler clearance procedure ahead of the year end festive season. Once again, we assure all voluntary compliance persons a good travel experience in the clearance of their shipment.”

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