Ethiopian Customs Seize 2.7bln Birr worth Contrabands in 3 months

ADDIS ABABA – Customs police intercepted contraband items worth close to 2.7 in the first quarter of the current Ethiopian fiscal year, a report says.

The Ethiopian Customs Commission on Tuesday discussed its first quarter performance report on contraband prevention with federal police and Ministry of Justice officials.

Customs officials reported that encouraging results have been registered in a bid to prevent contraband trade.

The crackdown against smugglers has led to the seizure of contraband items worth 2.656 billion birr, according to their report.

And illicit drugs top the list of illegal items intercepted by cutomes branches in the three-months period.

The report says narcotic drugs, vehicles and electronics have dominated the list of items seized while they were being smuggled into the country.

The report puts their respective values at 898.3 million birr; 177.1 million birr; and 158.6 million birr.

The report also says illicit drugs have topped the list of goods captured while they were being smuggled out of the nation, estimating their total value at 504.3 million birr.

Agricultural commodities and foreign currencies also rank second and third in the list.

The report put their total values at 82.1 million birr and 33.3 million birr, respectively.

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