Working Tour : ACG Aremu rates PTML Customs as most outstanding Command on ease of doing business

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  • You can clear container at PTML Command in 6 hours – Zonal Coordinator
  • Says PTML is one-stop-shop Command

The Zonal Coordinator of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), in charge of Zone ‘A’, ACG Modupe Aremu, has applauded the Comptroller-General of Customs, CGC Hameed Ali, on Customs reforms, stressing that the exercise brings about operational efficiency and discipline at various Commands across the country.

ACG Aremu, made these assertions during her visit to Ports Terminal Multiservices Limited (PTML) Command, as part of her on-going tour of Customs Commands in Zone ‘A’.

She stressed that the reforms are yielding positive results in trade facilitation, revenue collection for the Federal Government and anti-smuggling drive.

Speaking further, the Zonal Coordinator, rated PTML Command as the most outstanding on ease of doing business and trade facilitation for greater economic growth.

Her words : “When it comes to ease of doing business, PTML Customs Command is the most outstanding. The Command is highly rated in this aspect.

“PTML is a one-stop-shop Command, where importers can clear their containers in maximum of six hours, if all documentations are correctly done”.

More so, the Zonal Coordinator, who demonstrated high level of competence, as well as professionalism throughout the tour, commended the Area Controller of PTML, Compt. Festus Okun, for a huge sum of N21 billion revenue collected in August 2021.

She urged the officers and men of the Command to sustain the tempo of their operational efficiency and increased revenue generation for government at all times.

In his speech, Compt Okun, disclosed that
PTML Command raked in a whopping sum of N146 billion from January to August 2021, there by surpassing 2020 figures by 21 Percent.
Comparatively, this shows an increase of N25,389,278,620 ( approximately N25.4billion), on N120.6billion collected within the same period in 2020.

Compt Okun, informed: “Aside from the first two months of the year when importation activities were low, the Command has consistently achieved monthly revenue increase from March to August.

“We are blocking possible areas of leakages and ensuring collection of identified shortfalls through demand notices and facilitating trade without compromising national security and interest .

“Six hours clearance of imported vehicle is still working for compliant importers and agents, while we urge people who smuggle vehicles through the land borders to desist from it and take advantage of the trade facilitation benefits put in place at PTML.

“A comparative breakdown and percentage differences of monthly collections from January to August 2020 and 2021 are shown below: In the months of January and February 2021, the Command collected N15.2 billion and N11.7 billion respectively.

“It started surpassing monthly revenue collections from March 2021. For instance, in March 2021, a total of N19.9billion
was collected, which is 27.4 percent above N15.6 billion collected the same period of 2020.
In April 2021, N17.9 billion was collected with difference of 59.5 percent, above N11.2 billion realised the same period last year.

“In May, 2021, we recorded 28 percent increase with N17.6 billion, as against N13.7 billion collected same month in 2020.
For June, July and August 2021, the Command collected N22,253,694,223 ( approximately N22.3 billion); N19.5 billion
and N21.8 billion,
while in 2020 it collected N17.5 billion; N14.7 billion; and N18.1 billion.”

Compt Okun, reassured maritime traders of effective trade facilitation by the Command,
while urging importers and their agents to be compliant”.

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