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Customs generates N39bn from import, processes $71m export at Onne Port


Abiola Seun

The Onne command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has generated the sum of N39billion as revenue   for the federal government for first quarter of 2021.

In a press statement made available to newsmen by the Public Relations Officer of the command, Ifeoma Onuigbo Ojekwu, yesterday, the command also processed exports such as cashew nuts, tiger nuts, Sesame seeds, ginger among others worth $71m between January to March 2021.

The import figure collected is 69.4 percent higher than N23billion collected between January and March 2020 by the same command.

A breakdown of the 2021 monthly collections showed that the command generated N12.1billion for January; N13 billion for February and N14billion for March .

 All monthly collections for this year have so far surpassed those of the first three months of 2020 with remarkable differences from which hovered at slightly above N7b monthly.

On export, the command processed 207,749.614 metric tonnes of cargoes with free on board value of $71million comprising of cashew nuts, ginger, hibiscus flower, sesame seeds, zircon sand, palm kernel, tiger nuts and many more.

On anti smuggling, the command recorded a total of 12 seizure with a cumulative duty paid of N4.1billion.

The seizures comprises of two units of used Mitsubishi buses; 210 bales of second hand clothing ; 1,435 pcs of used tyres ;Used engine gear box and auto spare parts ;310 pallets of laser ketchup and 20 bales of fabrics.

A month by month breakdown of the seizures indicates that four seizures were made in January which includes three containers and two suspects with duty paid value of N86million.

 In February, the command made three seizures involving four containers with total duty paid value of N46million and in March 2021 it made five seizures involving seven containers with duty paid value of N4billion.

Speaking, the Customs Area Controller (CAC), Area ll Command, Onne Port, Compt. Auwal Mohammed urged officers and men  of the command to be unrelenting and uncompromising in collection of revenue and implementation of government directives.

He said, “We are doing well but I believe there are rooms for improvement in revenue collection, anti smuggling, trade facilitation and robust stakeholders’ engagements.

“Every likely or identified area of government revenue leakages should be blocked for us to sustain the tempo of maximum collections.
” We owe Nigeria a duty to make smuggling of prohibited items impossible through this command.
“Our ability to detect attempts at duty evasion and issuing demand notices to collect complete revenue from importers and their agents will be improved upon by  relying on technology and hands-on experience.
“Duty evaders should steer clear of  this area as they are likely to be arrested with their wares seized in accordance with extant provision of the Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA).
“While we await the deployment of scanners to aid our job, the due diligence employed in physical examinations to achieve outstanding results will be sustained and improved upon.
“I hereby urge importers, exporters, licensed customs agents and freight forwarders interfacing with customs in Onne Port to see compliance as a key to unlock the many benefits derivable from their trade, investments and profession,” the CAC said.

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