ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia’s customs officials seized contraband goods valued 72.1 million birr as they continue their crackdown on illegal trade last week.
The amount brings the total value of contraband items captured in November so far to more than 245 million birr.
Coffee, cosmetics, electronics, weapons, clothes, drugs, and foreign currencies are dominant in the list of contraband goods seized in the week, said the Ethiopian Customs Commission in a statement on Saturday.
According to the Commission, goods valued more than 68.66 million birr were apprehended while they were being smuggled into Ethiopia in the reported period.
At the same time, nearly 3.5 million birr worth of goods have been captured when they were about to leave the country.
– Call for collaborative effort –
From the commission’s 11 major checkpoints located across the nation, three were especially busy in tackling incoming contraband goods.
Workers at Jigjiga, Adama, and Moyale checkpoints managed to intercept items valued 16.6 million birr, 14.3 million birr and 12.7 million birr, respectively, while being smuggled into the nation, the commission said.
It’s officials attributed the collaborative work between its officers, regional and federal police for the encouraging results of the law enforcement operations in the past week.
They also urged all to step up their crackdown against contraband trade in order to effectively respond to its ever changing characteristics and reduce its negative impact on the country’s economy.
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