Onne Customs makes impressive performance
*Rakes in N22.9billion for FG
By Udeme Clement :
The Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Onne Port Command has made impressive performance in the first quarter of 2020, with a huge revenue collection of over N22.9 billion for the Federal Government.
The Customs Area Controller, CAC, of the Command, Comptroller Aliyu Galadima Saidu, disclosed this while giving a breakdown on activities of the Command from January to March, 2020.
He informed, “The sum of N7,651,099,364.62 was generated in January, N7,589,349,555.61 in February and N7,701,331,243.20 in March 2020 economic year.”
He revealed, “The Command also made seizures of seven containers, which brought the Duty Paid Value, DPV, to N215,387,201.18.
The seizures comprised of 1,225 bales of used clothes; 86 bales of used hand bags and 35 sacks of used shoes. Other were miscellaneous goods like foreign detergent; rice; lightings and perfume, among others.
Comptroller Saidu stressed, “The seized items were brought into the country in contravention of the provisions of Customs and Excise Management Act.”
On export trade, he pointed out, ‘During the period under review, the Command recorded 1,053,531 metric tonnes of export, with Free on Board (FOB) value of $87,136,233.66 (USD) and total Nigeria Export Supervision Scheme (NESS) value of N132,399,525.56.”
He added, “About 377,985 metric tonnes of such goods were processed through the port in January; 455,987 while 219,559 metric tonnes were processed in February and March, 2020.”
Speaking further, he urged importers and agents to comply with the fiscal policies of government by making honest declarations at all times, in order to enhance trade facilitation.
He warned, “Violation will attract seizure and arrest, as we will not hesitate to invoke relevant sections of CEMA Cap C45 of LFN 2004 as amended, to apply sanctions against defaulters”.
The CAC commended officers of his Command for working tirelessly in carrying out their statutory functions, despite the out break of Coronavirus pandemic.
He affirmed, “I want to thank our officers and port users for keeping the tempo of activities going in Onne port without compromising basic rules of hand washing, use of sanitizers and strict maintenance of social distancing rules.
“Let us continue to be safety conscious this period and beyond, while shunning any attempt at making us compromise on our duties of revenue collection, trade facilitation and suppression of smuggling”.