Customs at TinCan Port collects a huge sum of N493.7bn

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Giant stride :
Customs at TinCan Port collects a huge sum of N493.7bn

* Surpasses revenue target with N143billion

The Customs Area Controller (CAC), TinCan Island Port Command, Compt MBA Musa has made a giant stride in revenue collection for the Federal Government, with a whopping sum of N493,754,017,176.81 billion (approximately N493.8 billion), realised in 2021 fiscal year.

Most remarkably, Compt Musa exceeded the revenue target of N350,064,600,000.00 billion given to his Command with N143billion, which shows increase of 41.05 percent.

The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Command, Mr Uche Ejesieme, made these details known in a press statement.

He revealed that the amount generated also indicates an improvement in revenue drive by N107,991,549,315.00 billion, which reflects 28 percent from N385,762,467,861.35 billion revenue generated in 2020 economic year.

Export :
In terms of Export trade, he said :. “A total tonnage of goods exported through TinCan island Port for the year under review is One Million, Seven Hundred and Twenty Three Thousand, Nine Hundred and Eighty-Six Metric Tonnes (1,725,987.02MT) with total F.O.B. value of N141.9billion”.

Trade facilitation :
He added : “In the area of trade facilitation, a new terminal, Classic III Bonded Terminal was opened under Tincan Island Command, improving the cargo throughput and revenue collection of the Command. In the year under review, a total of 30,441 containers were transferred under fast track , 58, 234 containers and vehicles were approved for transit from the Mother Port to Bonded Terminals. With the successful implementation of a Standard Operational Procedure (S.O.P.) on barge movement, 36,496 containers were transported form Tincan Island Port Command through the waterways by barge to Bonded Terminals and Free Trade Zone.”

Compliance level :
He informed : “The rating of compliance monitoring activities showed that compliance levels improved significantly. Out of 166,903 SGDs registered in 2021, there were 2,484(1.5 percent) interventions.

“This shows an enhanced compliance rating of about 63.4percent, which indicates improvement from the 2019 compliance rating of 15,295 (9.4 percent), out of 162,110 SGDs registered.”

Enforcement/Anti-smuggling :
He pointed out : “In the area of enforcement, the Command in collaboration with NDLEA, made a seizure of cocaine with a net weight of 43.110kg concealed in 40 bags of raw sugar packaged in bulk aboard the vessel MV SPAR SCORPIO. Twenty suspects and the vessel were detained in connection with the seizure; however, the Command was directed to handover the casefile, vessel and suspects to National Drug Law Enforcement Agency according to Standard Operational Procedures.

“Seizure was also made of two automatic rifles with 164 rounds of live ammunition intercepted in a 1x40ft container MEDU 49022/5. They had since been handed over to the DSS. Additionally, a total of 151 containers made of 149 (40ft), two (20ft) and nine uncontainerized cargo were intercepted by the enforcement team with a total Duty Payable Value (DPV) of N607,348,617.00.”

According to him :
“Efforts have been made by Government, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and the Nigeria Customs Service to mitigate the challenges of infrastructure and logistics through major repairs of the port access roads, a more organised exit and entry system for cargo trucks, as well as  provision and installation of scanners at the ports respectively. We hope that these efforts will be sustained to create a more user-friendly sea port that matches international standards and enables facilitation of legitimate trade.

Challenges :
“In spite of the above developments, lack of Government warehouses at close proximity to the port and lassitude in application of extant Customs laws guiding the treatment of overtime cargo by terminal operators remain areas needing dedicated attention.

“Timely transfer of overtime cargo from the Mother Port and some Bonded Terminals to Government warehouses and application of due process as provided by law will not only decongest the port of abandoned or overtime containers but will also improve the cargo throughput and ultimately increase revenue collection.”

Outlook for 2022 :
His words :
In the coming year, 2022, with the approval and implementation of e-Customs project and its content of digitisation of all customs processes and procedures, our projection will include improved performance in the areas of revenue collection, facilitation of legitimate trade, enhanced capacity and skills of officers and men of the Command and to work in line with the CGC’s agenda to Reform, Restructure and Increase Revenue collection.

“The Command will continue to work in tandem with the extant guidelines for the actualisation of the mandate and the vision of Customs management.
On this note, may I with a high sense of responsibility salute the Comptroller General of Customs, CGC Hameed Ibrahim Ali and his team for providing effective leadership and enabling environment with necessary operational tools for service delivery. The Command will continue to develop strategies to ensure that compliant operators are given the necessary support.”

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