ADDIS ABABA – Contraband goods worth more than 67.5 million birr have been intercepted at several major checkpoints across Ethiopia, country’s customs agency announced today.
In its weekly report, Ethiopian Customs Commission said most of the illegal items were captured while they were smuggled into the nation in the past seven days.
The commission valued their estimated value at close to 63.9 million.
The remaining more than 3.6 million birr worth of contraband goods were intercepted from leaving the country illegally in the reported period.
Unlike the previous weeks, the commission’s report put petrol and cars among the items seized from smugglers.
Coffee, cosmetics, electronics, weapons, narcotic substance, clothes, drugs, and foreign currencies have also dominated the list of goods customs officials apprehended in the week.
Three customs branches have captured more than half of these contraband goods.
The commission’s branches in Dire Dawa, Jigjiga, Hawassa were able to intercept the contraband goods that the commission estimated to respectively, value at 14.5 million birr, 11.7 million birr and 11.5 million birr.
The commission expressed its appreciation to its workers, federal and regional Police as well as the public, for the roles they played in making the week-long law enforcement operations effective.
The ever changing characteristics of the illegal trade requires the collaborative efforts to continue and reduce its negative impact on the economy, the commission concluded.