By Mary BASSEY, Senior Investigator Correspondent, Lagos/
LAGOS- THE Tin Can Island Port Customs said weekend, that it has generated a whopping sum of two hundred and seventy-four billion, three hundred and twenty million, seven hundred and fifteen thousand and one hundred and seventy-nine kobo (N274, 320.715, 179.22) in revenue between the months of January and June 2022. This it said was a 27.50 per cent uptick from last year’s two hundred and twenty-nine billion, three hundred and twenty-one million, eighty hundred and sixty five thousand and ninety one kobo (N229, 321, 865,091.16). The generation came even as the command also disclosed that it seized varying goods with duty paid value put at one billion, three hundred and one million, nine hundred and one thousand six hundred and eighty-one naira twelve kobo (N1, 301, 901. 685.12) during the period under review.
The Customs Area Controller, Comptroller AAS Oloyede in a crowded press conference, disclosed this said the feet was achieved via healthy collaboration between sister agencies as well as relentless efforts of its strike force, the federal operation unit and other critical units in line with the federal government’s fiscal policy of 2022.
Comptroller Oloyede said, “Between January 1st -31st June 2022, Tin Can Island Port Command recorded a collection of N274, 320, 715, 179.22 in revenue. This is a 27.50% increase fro last year’s collection of N229, 321, 865, 091.16 within the period under review. The Duty Paid Value PDV of the total seizures amounted to N1, 301, 901. 685.12. it is important to acknowledge the critical role played by the Customs Intelligence Unit, the Valuation Unit, the Customs Strike Force, FOU as well as interventions by sister agencies such as NDLEA, NAFDAC, DSS, SON, the Nigeria Police and others in making these seizures and detentions.
In the area of enforcement and anti-smuggling activities of the command, various seizures and detentions were made. These include 145kg of Colarado (India Hemp) concealed in 2 units of ridgeline trucks and 2 units of Toyota Corolla vehicles, 206,000 pieces of machetes, 640 bales of used clothes, 236, 500 pieces of used shies, 62,500 pieces of new lady’s shoes 1,670,400 pieces of Chloroquine injection(5mg/5ml), 1,814,400 pieces of Novalgen injection (500mg/5ml) 48,850 rolls of cigarettes and 23, 800 tins of sodium bromate and baking powder.
In addition to the above, other detention made include 3,303 pieces of motor batteries found in three containers falsely declared as three units of used Toyota Hiace buses. Four units of used Mack truck heads, one unit of used Toyota Sequoia 2008 model, one unit of used Mercedes Benz GL 450 2008 model and one unit of used 2011 Toyota 4 Runner. We also handed over one suspect, one arm pistol gun, two empty magazines and 300 rounds of ammunition to the DSS for further action. The import of the seizures and items detained contravenes sections 46, 47 & 161 of the Customs & Excise Management Act CEMA Cap 45 LFN 2004.
Continuing, Oloyode added, “Tincan Island Command has so far experience an increase in export activities for the first half of the fiscal year 2022. The Command recorded an outward throughput in export cargo of 138, 246,50 metric tons representing an increase by 73% from 100,500 metric tons recorded in 2021 with an FOB value of N100, 447,304, 814.00. The also represents an increase of 60% from N66, 294, 630, 421.00 recorded in the fiscal year of 2022. We commend the management of the Nigerian Port Authority for their seamless collaboration with the Command in facilitating the clearance process of export-related cargo at Tincan Island Port Command.
In the area of trade facilitation, the Command continues to provide a conducive environment for trade through continues engagement and collaboration with relevant stakeholders and regulatory agencies of government. Additionally, the dispute settlement structure of the command aligns with the provisions of the import duty mechanism outlines in paragraph h, subparagraph 8 of the Import Duty Guidelines Procedures and Documentation Requirements which allows an 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.
We continue to express our appreciation for the support and clear sense of direction from the Comptroller General of customs, Col Ibrahim Hameed Ali (rtd) and the management of the Nigerian Customs Service for their relentless efforts towards strengthening the capacity of the Service to perform its statutory responsibility in line with the international best practices and in assure you that we shall continue to put in more efforts towards better performance.”
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