Tin Can Customs Generates N346bn Revenue
The Tin Can Island Port Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), says it generated N346,508,836,486.54 as revenue in 2019. With this figure, the Command exceeded its 2019 revenue target with an excess of N4,202,755,990.15, representing 101.21 per cent.
According to a statement, the Command’s public relations officer, Uche Esejieme, the feat was attained through the repositioning of its operational efficiency, coming on the heels of the implementation of series of transformational ideas and Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) developed to facilitate trade without compromising the extant provisions.
Looking into the 2019 activities, Ejesieme noted that the Command in its desire to boost export, embarked on the sensitisation of stakeholders and would be exporters on the need to take advantage of the potentials inherent in export. This, he explained, culminated in an increase in the quantity of export recorded in 2019.
He insisted that the command facilitated the export of items with a total tonnage of 269, 819.5 tons with a total free on board (FOB) value of N130, 186, 894, 481 in the said period as against the total tonnage of 254, 762.77 with a total FOB value of N145, 322, 990, 296.00 exported in 2018.
Ejesieme further told The Nation that for optimum productivity for growth to enhance Trade Facilitation at the Tin Can Island port, the Command developed a more cordial working relationship with the critical stakeholder by constant engagements as a re-invigorated Dispute Resolution Committee which was constituted to deal expeditiously with disputes arising from Valuation, Classification, PAAR and Rules of Origin.
Ejesieme stated that there was more intensified efforts in 2019 in Anti-Smuggling objectives, hence the Command made seizures of 16x40ft, 37x20ft (53 containers) and 3 non-containerised cargoes. The other seizures, according to statehe noted to include rice, used tyres, pharmaceuticals, vegetable oil, military accoutrements-with a total Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N5,876,465,660.
A comparative analysis of 2018 seizures indicate a recorded improvement from the seizures of 14x40ft, 2x20ft (16 Containers) and five uncontainerised, and others ranging from bales of second hand clothing, furniture, children toys, used bags and shoes, expired medicaments, used tyres, used fridges amongst others with a total DPV of N2,883,531,500.00 recorded.