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Nigeria Customs records 122% growth in revenue for Q1 at N1.3 trillion



Adewale Adeniyi

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) reported that it generated over N1.3 trillion in revenue during the first quarter of 2024 representing an increase of 122.35% compared to the figure for last year.

The Comptroller General (C-G) of the NCS, Adewale Adeniyi, shared these figures during a media briefing in Abuja on Wednesday to highlight the organization’s performance in the initial quarter of 2024.

  • He stated, “The total revenue collected during this period amounted to N1,347,675,608,972.75.”
  • “The collection for the first quarter represents a substantial increase of 122.35% compared to the same period last year, where N606,119,935,146.67 was collected,”

Furthermore, the C.G detailed the revenue growth, citing a significant increase in January 2024 with N390.824 billion earned, marking a 95.6% rise from January 2023’s N199.81 billion.

He continued by noting the revenue growth rates for February and March 2024, which stood at 138.68% and 132.76% respectively when compared to the same months in 2023.

Volume and value of seized goods

The C-G also mentioned that during this period, the service seized 572 items worth N10.59 billion in Duty Paid Value (DPV) and arrested 22 suspects.

He highlighted that rice was the most seized item, making up 39% of the total, followed by petroleum products at 26%, and motor vehicles and textiles at 9% and 6% respectively.

Adeniyi emphasized the service’s commitment to combating smuggling and addressing harassment of its personnel, outlining plans to enhance anti-smuggling efforts with tools like the Geographic Information System.

  • According to him, “One notable initiative is the integration of geospatial technology alongside the utilisation of satellite imagery and Artificial Intelligence tools and techniques.”
  • “These efforts were initiated upon my assumption  of office to combat the longstanding issue of smuggling and enhance the NCS’s enforcement capabilities for effective monitoring of our extensive 4,000 km borders.”
  • “Additionally, this initiative will establish a Command and Control center to monitor activities along our borders comprehensively,”

Reduction in import transactions in Q1

Adeniyi pointed out that despite a reduction in import transaction volumes in the first quarter, the customs service is making efforts to refine its trade procedures to eliminate inefficiencies and enhance operations at ports, facilitating smoother trade activities.

He mentioned that the service encountered various operational issues, including non-compliance with trade regulations, infrastructural constraints, and notable variations in exchange rates used for clearing shipments.

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