Customs generates N183bn revenue from TinCan Port

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Hameed Ali, Comptroller General, Nigerian Customs Service

The Nigeria Customs Service, Tincan Island Port Command, generated a revenue of N183billion within the last eight months, the Controller of the Command, Comptroller Bashar Yusuf, has said.

Comptroller Yusuf, who made this known while examining its operations during the period, said the Command recorded the highest revenue of N28billion in the month of August.

Yusuf said the impressive revenue yield was possible as a result of coordinated activities and innovative spirit of the men of the Command.

According to him, the Command has had a sustained high revenue profile since the beginning of the year, having introduced stern measures that blocked all possible areas of revenue loss in the command.

The N28billion realised in August was described as the highest in the history of the command, particularly in the corresponding periods over the past years.

With the N183billion revenue realised between January and August 2017, the sum of N156billion was realised during the same period in 2016, despite global economic recession

The Comptroller said: “It therefore implies that but for the exclusion of forty-one (41) items from Forex window; the Command could have doubled its revenue profile.

“A further analysis shows that the Command is becoming more thorough in its Revenue drive, to the extent that all high yielding revenue consignments are closely monitored to avoid circumvention of procedure.”

Yusuf said the Customs high Command expects so much from the Command, adding that with this, the Command “will continue to develop adequate operational template and modalities that will be capable of entrenching integrity in the acumen of our operations.”

He said all officers and men of the Command have a compelling need to discharge their functions in line with the change mantra of the Comptroller-General of Customs Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd).

The Controller extolled the virtues of the Customs management, and vowed to sustain and surpass the revenue target of the Command in line with the expectations of the Nigeria Customs Service management.

The Controller appreciated the compliance level of stakeholders in the port to government’s fiscal policies in terms of trade.

He however advised the few recalcitrant ones to follow the path of sanity through honest declaration in their documentations, adding that “integrity, due diligence, honest declarations and transparency are key elements in 21st Century Customs Operations.”

On his plans for the ember months, he pointed out that high cargo traffic is usually expected at this period of the year and advised importers to desist from importing unaccustomed goods in view of its implication.

“All Importers ought to be conversant with the external tariff, especially schedules 3 & 4 (prohibition other than trade and absolute prohibition),” he said.

He also called on patriotic Nigerians, to oblige the Command with credible information about illicit transactions or documentation, promising that the identity of such informant would be jealously guarded.

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