ADDIS ABABA – More than 53.7 million birr worth of contraband goods were seized within a week, ministry of revenue said on Saturday.
The items were seized during operations conducted at various customs checkpoints between March 25 and April 1, 2021.
Over 40.3mln birr worth of contraband items were captured while they were smuggled into the country.
The remaining about 13.5 birr worth of goods were intercepted while they were illegally leaving the country, according to the Ministry.
The ministry said foreign currencies, weapons, medicines, drugs, agricultural products, foodstuffs, clothing and footwear, electronics, cosmetics, and spare parts are among items seized by customs police.
Thirty-five vehicles carrying the contraband were also seized, it added.
Illegal trade continues to negatively affect trade revenue.
In the first seven months of the current 2020/21 fiscal year alone, customs officials managed to seize contraband goods and currencies worth nearly 2bln birr.
According to the Ministry, the contraband goods have been caught while being smuggled out of the country and crossing borders into the interior part of the country.
Contraband items and foreign currencies account for more than 90pct of the amount linked to the smuggling, the Ministry said.