N4.9bn worth of goods passed through Seme Border in first six months

by Jewel Stephen

 

seme-borderThe Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Seme Border, says it has handled exportable goods valued at N4.9 billion between January and June this year.

This was disclosed on Monday, in a mid-year report made available to journalist by Area Comptroller Willy Egbudin, in Lagos.

Egbudin said that goods exported were plastics, furniture, fruit and
drinks in retail packs, mattress, beer and slippers, among others.

He said the total amount due for the Nigeria Export Supervision Scheme was N24.5 million. The comptroller said in spite of the challenges posed by the aquatic and marshy terrain of the command, it had achieved higher level of suppression of smuggling and other related offences through increased enforcement activities, enlightenment of border communities and the trading public about the dangers of smuggling.

Egbudin said 18 suspected smugglers were arrested, 487 seizures made with a Duty Paid Value of N196.2 million.

He said that during the period under review, ECOWAS Trade Liberalisation Scheme and complaint-goods with a Cost Insurance Freight value of N5.39 billion were cleared through the command.

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