The Ministry of Revenues collected 306 billion Br in last fiscal year, Adanech Abebe, minister of Revenues, announced during a discussion of the achievements and challenges employees of the Ministry and Customs Commission face. Reforms introduced in human resources and procedures were pointed out to have contributed to the improved returns. The Ministry has modernised its system, improved procedures and reviewed laws and regulations in the specified period, the minister noted. In addition, restructuring of the institutions was made to address problems associated with customs and revenues, according to the Minister. Another improvement has been in raising the number of customs checkpoints from 55 to 94 in the past year. Some 1.3 billion Br of illegal import and export items, as well as currencies of different countries, have been seized at checkpoints.