Tincan Customs rakes in N162.7bn in 2018
.Says compliance is panacea to trade facilitation
By Udeme Clement
The Tincan Island Port Command of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, has generated over N162.7billion in the half year of 2018.
The Customs Area Controller, CAC, of Tincan Command, Comptroller Musa Baba Abdullah disclosed this in a chat with some stakeholders in his office.
In a press release made available to Financial Business, by the Public Relations Officer, PRO, of Tincan, Uche Ejesieme, Comptroller Musa stated emphatically that the Command has been repositioned, as the most business friendly Port where all issues are duly addressed.
In the words of the Customs Area Controller, “We are deploying multi-layered approach in addressing issues of compliance, which is a panacea to Trade Facilitation, through reward for compliance and ensuring that declarants are given expeditious attention, in line with the Presidential directive on Ease of Doing Business.”
In the same vein, the CAC explained that Tincan Customs is at the verge of fully automating key seats in the Command to enable seamless operations, as he made reference to the just concluded training of officers on E-Transire and NSA-End User Certificate Procedure.
On seizures and Detentions, the CAC stated, “The Command effected seizures of assorted items ranging from used clothing, children toys, furniture, bags of rice, shoes, handbags and used vehicles, with a Duty Paid Value, DPV, of N138.7million.”
He stated, “The Command is in steady progression in all aspects of its primary functions. Stakeholders should take advantage of the various complaints platforms in channeling genuine grievances for necessary action”.
The CAC recalled that during the period under review, the Command also effected seizures of large quantity of ammunition and Military Hardware during scheduled Examinations. He promised that the Command would not lower its guards in ensuring that such illicit consignment does not pass through the Command.
The CAC appreciated the support of CGC Hameed Ali, his management team, officers, men of the Command and esteemed stakeholders complying with fiscal policies of government, for their support during the period under reference.
He pointed out that the Command would continue to leverage on the already harnessed competences of its hard working personnel to carve a niche and remain outstanding in the performance of its statutory mandate.
“We are encouraged by the steady progress in compliance by the Importers and we are optimistic that the trend would continue to show appreciable response”.
On recurring issues of multiple alerts due to non compliance with Fiscal Policies, the CAC while charging importers/agents on honest declarations assured that, with the take off of the “One Stop Shop” area under construction, the issue of multiple alerts would become history.
The CAC stressed that the Command remains committed to the change mantra of the CGC and would not renege on its statutory responsibilities.