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Kano/Jigawa Customs Command Generates N16.9 Billion in 8 Months

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Kano/Jigawa Customs Command Generates N16.9 Billion in 8 Months

Kano-Jigawa Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) announced that it generated a total revenue of N16, 909, 520, 467.32 from January to August.

This was revealed by Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Suleiman Pai Umar on Thursday during a press briefing at the Bompai headquarters of the Command.

According to the Area Controller, the Command in the last 3 months recorded seizures of the following items imported in contravention with government fiscal policies: 707 bags of 50kg foreign parboiled rice, 155 bales of second-hand clothing, 180 cartons of unregistered and expired drugs, 6 sacks of snuff made in Ghana amongst others.

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The total Duty Paid Value of all the seized items during the period under review stood at N41.3 million naira.

Umar said the command had handed over 185 cartons of unregistered and expired drugs it seized to the operatives of NAFDAC.

He said “Relatively, the collaboration and synergy that exist amongst all the security agencies have contributed positively in doing our job and the handing over of seized 185 cartons of unregistered and expired drugs to operatives of NAFDAC is an attestation to this cooperation. We shall continue to build on these relationships”.

He also assured that his men would not relent in their efforts aimed at generating additional revenue to the government while adding that his officers had seized several smuggled items within the last few months.

He also stated that the patronage and consumption of unregistered/hard drugs are of great concern due to its consequences on the youths.

The Area Controller lamented that despite the wide publicity regarding the dangers of smuggling activities to the economy, some Nigerians have continued to engage in the act of smuggling.

Comptroller Umar further thanked sister agencies for their collaboration and synergy and also expressed his gratitude to his officers for their contribution towards this success. He promises to sustain the facilitation of only legitimate trade in his Command.

 

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More Vehicle Importers Now Taking Advantage of PTML’s 4Hour Clearance Time – Comptroller Okun

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More Vehicle Importers Now Taking Advantage of PTML's 4Hour Clearance Time - Comptroller Okun

Customs Area Controller for Port Terminal Multiservices Limited (PTML) Command in Lagos, Comptroller Festus Okun has disclosed that more auto Importers are now coming to use the port for their imported vehicles.

Speaking to reporters at a media parley in Lagos, Okun said between January and September 2021 a total of 171,491 units of vehicles were imported through the port.

Within the same period of the first nine months of 2020, the command processed 97,361 vehicles showing a difference of 74,130 units.

Okun had announced in 2020 that his command processes compliant auto Importation lodged in the customs zone within 4 hours.

While urging smugglers of vehicles across borders to desist from such practice, Okun said PTML provides the solution to ease of clearance with clearly defined Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), in an atmosphere of trade facilitation and ease of doing business.

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Giving a full comparative breakdown of the command’s activities for the third quarter of 2021 with 2020, Comptroller Okun said a total of 115 vessels berthed as at end of third quarter 2020 while in 135 berthed at the port as at ending of September 2021.

For Containers, a total of 26,613 boxes were processed by end of September 2021 while 23,300 were processed last year same period.

For general cargo, the 2020 figure was higher than 2021. For 2020 a total of 31,095 packages were recorded while as of September 30, 2021, a total of 22,716 packages were processed.

On total revenue collected so far this year, Comptroller Okun said a total of N165,021,614,645,00 was collected as revenue to the Federal Government for the nine months of the year 2021 (January to September).

This, according to him, shows an increase of N26, 986,656,533.00 billion above the N138, 034,958,112.00 that was collected within the same period of last year which represents a 20% percent increase of the Command’s revenue.

The issuance of demand notices (DNS) from uncovered revenue shortfalls within the period under review amounted to N865, 449,258.00.

In the months under review, a total number of 145 ships berthed at the PTML terminal carrying 26,613 containers and 171,491 imported vehicles between January and September 2021.

He added that the Command handled export goods with a total tonnage of Seventy- thousand (118,460,38) metric tons, with a total Free on Board (FOB) value of Eight hundred and thirty-two billion, nine hundred and sixty-six million, five hundred and fifteen thousand, three hundred and sixty-eight naira, forty-nine kobo. (N832, 966,515,368.49) only.

He disclosed also that the command has built a robust customs community relations that encourages seamless operations with officers of the command showing good examples to other stakeholders as a way of achieving maximum compliance.

 

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NRC commences cargo movement from Lagos to Kano, Kaduna dry port

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NRC commences cargo movement from Lagos to Kano, Kaduna dry port

The Nigerian Railway Corporation, NRC has announced the resumption of the movement of cargoes in containers from Lagos to Kano and Kaduna Inland Dry Port.

This is part of efforts to reduce pressure on the highway, contribute to cost reduction, save time and further ensure the safety of the goods being moved through the rail lines.

The development was confirmed by the Managing Director of Inland Containers Nigeria Limited, ICNL, Ismail Yusuf, who noted that about 40 containers have been moved in the first instance.

Yusuf said that an additional 40 empty containers have been returned through the rail lines to Lagos from the Kano and Kaduna Dry Port, which is a subsidiary company of Inland Containers Nigeria Limited.

Yusuf said that it will now cost half of what is presently spent on road haulage to move containers by rail adding that ICNL is still in talks with NRC to deploy additional coaches to the port operation because his company has cargoes on ground to be moved.

Recall that the NRC, had in September 2020, suspended the movement of containers by rail from Apapa ports due to the rehabilitation of the railway tracks.

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The suspension of the rail service is to pave way for the resumption of laying of tracks on the ongoing standard gauge rail project and ensure better service upon resumption.

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Compt. DA Nnadi Replaces Compt. Peter Kolo as New Customs Area Controller, Ogun I Command

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Comptroller Dera Nnadi has taken over the mantle of leadership of Ogun I Command of the Nigeria Customs Service from Comptroller Peter Kolo on Monday, 18th October, 2021 at the Conference Room of the Command.

This is according to DSC Hammed Bukoye Oloyede, PRO of the Command.

Compt. Dera Nnadi prior to his appointment had served in the Command as Deputy Compt in charge of Administration and was recently promoted to the rank of Comptroller of Customs.

In his handing over speech, Compt. Peter Kolo said “I thank the CGC and the entire Management for giving me the opportunity to serve as the Area Controller of Ogun I Command”.

He expressed his gratitude to the principal and entire officers for their unflinching support and cooperation.

He also congratulated the new CAC and described his appointment as a round peg in a round hole.

He added that he is rest assured that he will sustain his legacy and even build on it. He prays and wishes him well in his new endeavor.

In his own response, Compt. Dera Nnadi said “I thank the NCS Management for finding me worthy of the position and I pledge to discharge my duty with due diligence and high sense of responsibility”.

He further thanked the outgoing CAC for his mentorship and selfless service to the Nation.

He appreciated his administrative style and promised to uphold his legacy to an enviable status for the Service. He wishes him happy and peaceful retirement.

He called on all the principal officers and the entire Officers/Men of the Command to extend their loyalty and cooperation to him.

Compt. Peter Kolo has also proceeded on his three months pre-retirement leave.

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