Authorities Seize Contraband Items worth 101.7 million Birr

ADDIS ABABA – Contraband goods with a total value of 101.7 million birr were intercepted in the past week, customs officials reported on Saturday.

Coffee, cosmetics, electronics, medicines, weapons, clothes, drugs, and foreign currencies dominated the list of items captured, said Ethiopian Customs Commission (ECC).

Most of the items were intercepted while being illegally smuggled into the country, the Commission said, estimating their total value at 86.2 million birr.

The remaining 15.7 million birr worth items were seized while they were about to leave the nation during the seven-day operations against contraband trade, beginning February 2022.

Among the 11 major customs branches, those at Jigjiga, Moyale and Dire Dawa were able to intercept the most, capturing goods worth 22.2 million birr, 17.9 million birr and 12 million birr, respectively.

It’s workers’ collaborative worth with the federal and regional Police forces along with the continued tip-offs coming from the public played a key role in intercepting the contraband goods, said the Customs Commission.

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