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Apapa Customs Command generates N21bn in one month

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The Apapa Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service generated N20.7 billion in January 2015, up from the N19 billion generated in the corresponding period last year.

This is contained in the revenue report of the command, signed by the Comptroller of the command, Mr Eporwei Edike, in Lagos on Wednesday.

The report showed that in the month under review, the command generated N11.5 billion for the Federation Account and N9.1 billion for the Non-Federation Account.

It indicated that in January 2014, N9.3 billion was generated for the Federation Account, while N9.5 billion went into the Non-Federation Account.

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The command realized N230.6 million from Negotiable Duty Credit Certificate.

The Public Relations Officer of the command, Mr Emmanuel Ekpa, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the increase was due to better performance of the Pre-Arrival Assessment Report (PAAR) on goods.

According to him, PAAR works very well and a number of importers are able to process their cargo documents within a short time.

According to the report, the revenues were realised from import duty, Common External Tariffs, fees and others.

It stated that revenues were also realised from Value Added Tax , seven per cent port levy, National Automotive Council charges ; ECOWAS Trade Liberalisation Scheme, Sugar Levy and Rice Levy.

The report named other sources of revenue as one per cent Comprehensive Import Supervision Scheme; Wheat Flour Levy, Wheat Grain, Iron Levy and Cigarette.