ERCA intercepts over 121 mln birr contraband goods

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Addis Ababa, 10 February 2014 (WIC) - The Ethiopian Revenues and Customs Authority (ERCA) said it has intercepted contraband goods estimated at 121.73 million birr in the first half of this budget year.
Authority Education and Communication Directorate Director, Epherem Mekonnen, told WIC that the contraband goods were seized while smugglers attempting to smuggle it in to the country.
Electronics and new clothing are among the goods intercepted in the reported period, he said.
According to Epherem, the amount of goods seized in the first half of this budget year exceeds that of the same period the previous year by 9.78 million birr.
Moreover, the authority seized contraband goods worth 19.84 million birr while smugglers attempting to smuggle it out of Ethiopia, which according to him exceeds that of the same period last year by 9.78 million birr, he said.