Customs: soon a new sector in the North-West

The laying of the first stone of this building took place on January 23, 2024 in Bamenda.

It was during a ceremony chaired by the Minister of Finance, Louis Paul Motaze. This is one of the twelve customs sectors in Cameroon, with its headquarters in Bamenda, the regional capital of the North-West.

Presentation of the sector

Placed under the authority of the Principal Inspector, Jérôme Epie, the North-West customs sector has a main customs office in Bamenda; four customs suboffices in Abuenshie, Bamenda, Essimbi and Yang; an active customs group; a customs commercial subdivision in Bamenda; an active customs subdivision in Bamenda; four customs trade brigades in Abuenshie, Bamenda, Essimbi and Yang;  two mobile customs brigades in Bamenda and Nkambe; four customs posts at Esu, Kumbo, Nwa and Sabongari.

Good tax benefits

Plagued by crises inherent to attacks by armed gangs, kidnappings of people, destruction of community property, smuggling and other illicit cross-border trafficking, the North-West customs sector is showing resilience and presents a radiant face to the over the years. This is how, on a tax level, the customs revenues of the North West increased from 178 million CFA francs in 2018 to stand at 400 million CFA francs in 2022 and 456 million CFA francs in 2023. The new premises which are thus emerging baptismal funds should allow staff to have better working conditions for better returns.

International Customs Day launched

On the occasion of this working visit to Bamenda, the Minister of Finance will kill two birds with one stone. Louis Paul Motaze took the opportunity to launch the 71st edition of International Customs Day under the theme: “For customs to mobilize its historic and new partners around clear objectives”. The two ceremonies ended with a visit to the exhibition stands and dance groups.

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