ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopian Customs Commission (ECC) on Monday announced it has collected over 54 billion Birr revenues in the last five months.
The figure has shown a 18.5 percent or 8.2 billion Birr increase as compared to the same period a year earlier.
The Authorities at the Commission plans to collect at least 155 billion Birr in the current 2021/22 fiscal year, which began on July 8.
Last year, they achieved 89.5 percent of their annual target and collected 112.5 billion Birr.
Crackdown on Contraband Trade
The Commission also said it is working on a number of strategies to prevent and control illegal trade and smuggling.
In the past four months alone, contraband items worth 1.2 billion Birr were seized by customs officials while they were being smuggled into Ethiopia.
In the same period, goods worth 265.2 million Birr were also captured during attempts to transport them out of the country, illegally.
A total of 293 suspects were arrested in connection with the smuggling operation, the ECC said.
The ongoing crackdown on contraband trade, it said, will continue in collaboration with federal and regional security forces.
The commission intercepted a total of 7.7 billion Birr worth of contraband goods since 2011 E.C..