Customs Revenue: Tin –Can Command collects over N179.2 bn in six months

... Handles 150,930.7 metric tons of export 

The Tin-Can Island Command of the Nigeria Customs Service on Thursday said it generated a total revenue of N179.2 billion between January and July 10th 2019. 
The figure, which represents 52.28 per cent of its annual target, is N6.7 billion higher compared to the N172.5 billion collected as revenue in the corresponding period of 2018.  

This is contained in a statement made available by Spokesman of the Command, Mr. Uche Ejesieme .

The Customs Area Controller(CAC) MBA Musa disclosed in the statement that in a bid for balance of trade, the Command worked to drive its export procedures on full automation, an effort that helped achieve a total of 150,930.7 metric tons of export with FOB value of N68,887,226,493.00.

On a comparative note also, the CAC said the Command recorded 118,452.87 MTS of Export with FOB of N63,109,427.00 within same period of 2018.

On seizures and detentions made during the period, Musa said:  “The Command is leaving no stone unturned in the area of anti-smuggling in view of the devastating effect of smuggling to the Nation and its implications on Lives and Security. 

“Consequently, deliberate and concerted efforts are being made to ensure that examination and releasing officers remain proactive/preemptive in the discharge of their statutory functions.

“Consequent upon the anti-smuggling drive by the Area Controller, the Command recorded seizures of 5 x 40ft and 4 x 20ft containers consisting of various uncustom goods during the period under review ranging from used tyres and used rims, bags of rice, cartons of Tramadol and other pharmaceuticals with a total Duty Paid Value (DPV) of One Billion, One Hundred and Fifty-Nine Million, Two Hundred and Fifteen Thousand, Six Hundred and Thirty-Seven Naira (N1,159,215,637.00).”

According to the statement, the Command is also upholding trade facilitation through regular stakeholder engagement and feedback, dispute resolution committee, time release studies, help desk, one-stop-shop as well as fast track facilities.

The CAC said efforts were also on at beginning actionable modalities for the use of Barges in transferring Cargo from the Mother Port to off-dock Terminals, with a view to reducing congestion and speed up cargo delivery considering the fact that Cargo throughput is increasing, and road infrastructure is overstretched.