Timber export increases revenue at Onne Command

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Timber export increases revenue at Onne Command
By Joel ThankGod (In Owerri)
The Onne Command of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) is experiencing tremendous increase in revenue generation through import and export duties on goods.
Financial Business & Maritime News learnt that the Command is doing this with strict compliance to the guideline on import and export documentation of goods, even as timber is now one of the major export goods stimulating revenue profile of Onne port.

Our Correspondent gathered that documents for timber export are now passing through strict scrutiny, as exporters of such goods are told to comply strictly with the guidelines, by obtaining what is called Temporary Certificate of Inspection (TCI) as well as other necessary documents needed for such export. The documents are usually obtained from relevant agencies of government concerned with export of goods, including Ministry of Environment. Most importantly, these documents must be collected before such goods can be allowed for export.
The Public Relations Officer of the Command in a chat with our correspondent explained that,
Custom officers heading various units and departments are those who believe in total compliance with import and export guidelines of the government, in line with the transformation agenda of the present Customs leadership.
According to him, exporters are now made to obtain Clean Certificate of Inspection (CCI) before timber products could be exported from Onne to other countries.
He said, “The Customs Area Controller (CAC) of the Command had earlier informed the Heads of Customs formations and units of Federal Ocean Terminal gate that goods passing through Onne port must be strictly scrutinised by officers to ensure that they have all necessary documents.

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