TinCan Customs records 138,246.50 metric tons of exports * Rakes in N274.3bn revenue

Compt Oloyede and his team during press conference yesterday:

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TinCan Customs records 138,246.50 metric tons of exports

* Rakes in N274.3bn revenue

* Hands over 300 rounds of live ammunition to DSS

Compt Oloyede and his team during press conference :

The TinCan Island Port Command of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has recorded tremendous increase in export activities in first half of 2022, with an outward throughput in export cargo of 138,246.50 metric tons.

This represents an increase of 73 percent when compared to 100,500 metric tons realised in 2021, with Free On Board (F0B) value of N100,447,304,814.00, which also shows increase of 60 percent from N66,294,630,421.00 recorded the previous year. (January to June).

The Customs Area Controller (CAC) of the Command, Compt Adekunle Oloyede gave these details during press conference yesterday in Lagos.

According to him, the N274.3billion revenue collection reflects
27.50 percent increase, when compared to N229.3 billion generated within the same period in 2021.

The CAC informed :
“In the area of trade facilitation, the Command continues to provide a conducive environment for trade through continuous engagement and collaboration with relevant stakeholders and regulatory agencies of Government.

“Additionally, the dispute settlement structure of the Command aligns with provisions of import duty mechanism outlined in paragraph (H) sub-paragraph (8) of the Import Guidelines, Procedure and Documentation Requirements, which allows importer to take delivery of his cargo in the case of persistent dispute after securing a bank bond, the total duties and taxes payable on the item being disputed”.

Vehicles seized by the Command through intelligence:

Speaking further on
anti-smuggling activities of the Command, he revealed :
“Within the period under review, various seizures and detentions were made. These include 145kg of Colorado (Indian hemp) concealed in 2 units of Ridgeline trucks and 2 units of Toyota corolla vehicles; 206,000 machetes; 640 bales of used clothes; 236,500 used shoes; 62,500 new female shoes; 1,670,400 Chloroquine injections (5mg/5ml); 1,814,400 Novalgen injection (500mg/5ml); 48,850 rolls of cigarettes and 23,800 tins of sodium bromate & baking powder.

Motor batteries under detention by the Command

“Detentions made include 3,303 motor batteries found in three Containers falsely declared as three units of used Toyota Hiace buses, four (4) units of used Mack truck heads, one unit of used Toyota Sequoia 2008 model, Mercedes Benz GLASO 2008 model and one unit of used 2011 Toyota 4Runner.

“We handed over one suspect, one arm pistol gun, two empty magazines and 300 rounds of live ammunition to the DSS for further action”.

Mack truck heads seized by the Command

The CAC pointed out :
“Import of the seizures and items detained contravened Sections 46, 47 and 161 of the Customs & Excise Management Act (CEMA) Cap 45 LFN 2004. The Duty Paid Value (DPV) of the total seizures amounted to N1,301,901,685.12.

” It is important to acknowledge the critical roles played by the Customs Intelligence Unit, Valuation unit, Customs Strike force, FOU, as well as interventions by sister regulatory agencies such as NDLEA, NAFDAC, DSS, SON, the Nigeria Police and others in making these seizures and detentions”.

His words :
“We continue to express our appreciation for the support and clear sense of direction from the Comptroller General of Customs, CGC Ibrahim Hameed Ali and the management of Nigeria Customs Service for their relentless effort towards strengthening the capacity of the Service to carry out its statutory responsibilities in line with international best practice.

“I also appreciate the contributions of my management team, ad well as officers/men of the Command. I thereby urge them to continue to support this administration, as we strive to achieve greater heights.

“The Command will continue to put in more effort towards better performance and remains optimistic that with e-customs agenda of the Service and recent deployment of non-intrusive technology, such as scanners, we would be able to achieve more in our core functions of revenue generation, trade facilitation and enforcement of government fiscal policies”.

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