The Tin Can Island Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has generated a total of N163billion between January and June 2018 according to a statement made available to LEADERSHIP yesterday.
The command’s public relations officer, Uche Ejesieme, said the figure generated was N33 billion higher than what was generated in 2017. The statement reads, “This year is N32,695,564,140.47 higher than what was generated in 2017 for the corresponding period. In 2017, the command generated the sum of N130,006,136, 996.36 between January and June.”
This declaration was made by the customs area controller, Tin Can Island Port, Comptroller Musa Baba Abdullahi, during a chat with some stakeholders in his office. Abdullahi said, “We are deploying multi-layered approach in addressing the issues of compliance which is a panacea to trade facilitation, through reward for compliance and ensuring that compliant declarants are given expeditious attention in line with the presidential directive on ease of doing business.”
In the same vein, the customs area controller noted that the command was at the verge of fully automating key seats in the command to enable seamless operations as he made reference to the just- concluded training of officers on E-Transire and NSA-End-user Certificate Procedure.
On seizures and detentions, the customs area controller stated that the command effected seizure of assorted offending items ranging from used clothing, children’s toys, assorted furniture, bags of rice, shoes, handbags, used vehicles etc, with a duty paid value (DPV) of N138,752,991.00 as against that of 2017 which stood at N88,062,250.
Abdullahi recalled that during the period under review, the command also effected seizures of a large quantity of ammunition and other military hardware during scheduled examinations and promised that the command would not lower its guards in ensuring that such illicit consignments did not pass through.
“We are encouraged by the steady progress in compliance by the Importers and we are optimistic that the trend will continue to show an appreciable response,” Abdullahi added.
On the recurring issues of multiple alerts due to non-compliance with the fiscal policies, Abdullahi while charging importers/agents on honest declarations, assured that with the take-off of the “One Stop Shop” area under construction, the issue of multiple alerts would become history.
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