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Onne Customs Makes N128.3b in Third Quarter of 2021, Harps on Compliance



Onne Customs Makes N128.3b in Third Quarter of 2021, Harps on Compliance

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Area II Command in Onne Port, Rivers State, has collected a total of N128,317,325,936.68 as revenue from January to September 2021.
This was disclosed by the Public Officer of the Command, Ifeoma Onuigbo Ojekwu.

The collected figure which is N45,761,404,176.65 above the total of N82,555,921,760.03 represents a 55.4 percent increase when compared with the collection achieved within the same period of 2020.

A comparative breakdown of the third quarter collections between 2020 and 2021 indicated steady increases which contributed to the cumulative 55.4 percent difference.

In July, August and September 2020, the Command collected N10.9, N12.2 and N13.1 respectively which were overtaken by 2021 figures of N14b, N17.8b and N18.2b respectively.

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Customs Area Controller of the Command, Comptroller Auwal Mohammed attributed the steady monthly increases to the volume of trade, strict adherence to an extant customs procedure, blocking of possible areas of revenue leakages and zero tolerance for infractions capable of undermining national economy and security.

“Comptroller Mohammed’s improved interface with stakeholders in an enhanced Customs community relations system has also paid off with remarkable degrees of compliance by the port users in Onne”. She stated

The Area Controller expressed optimism that more revenue collection, increased trade facilitation and time-saving advantages will be achieved in the command with the introduction of the recently procured mobile scanner.

She added that “Before the arrival of the scanner, examinations of cargoes were usually done manually and physically, whereby containers were positioned by the terminal operators. Then, a gang of labourers will discharge the goods before Customs and other agencies will carry out the examination. Customs must also cut off the seal manually,”

The Area Controller explained that unpacking the goods in the container takes time. He said that virtually everything in the container must be moved out of the container and then back into the container before the examination is concluded, which makes the process cumbersome and time-consuming.

“With the coming of the scanner, which is a non-intrusive apparatus, cargo examination will now be conducted with the use of x-ray,” he said.

“We can now double our daily containers examination which saves time, increases revenue, detects infractions easily and facilitate trade,” Mohammed said.

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On anti-smuggling activities, the Command made 29 seizures totalling N9,763,129,216.00 Duty Paid Value within the period under review.

The breakdown of the seized items is as follows: 3,057 bags of 50 kg rice; 89 bales and 3,200 pieces of textile fabrics; 37 cartons and 4,824 pieces of wine/alcoholic beverages;1,650 cartons of tomato paste; 7,560 pieces of raw hides/unprocessed leather; 2,230 cartons of beers/spirits; 1,387 cartons of Tramadol; and 124 cartons of tapentadol.

Other seizures made include: 2 units of Used Mitsubishi buses; 210 bales of second-hand clothing; 4,029 pcs of used tyres; 16 units of Used engine gearbox and auto spare parts;310 pallets of laser ketchup; 956 Jerrycans of 25litres of vegetable oil; 750 cartons of super gold candle; 2,970 cartons of foreign soap; and 500 cartons of medicaments.

It was also revealed that 9 suspects were arrested in connection with the seizures and are at various stages of investigation and prosecution in courts of competent jurisdiction.

On export, the Command processed commodities and products including sesame seeds, ginger, cocoa beans, hibiscus, fluorite ore, lead ore, palm kernel shell, cotton, float glass and others.

The exported commodities and products totalling 767,089.53 metric tonnes with a free-on-board value of $250,789,911.39 also has a total Nigeria Export Supervision Scheme (NESS) value of N463,085,649.23k.

The Controller reiterated his advice to port users to stay on the path of compliance and obedience to laws.
He urged that they keep abreast with extant import and export guidelines to avoid their cargoes being seized and them facing arrest or prosecution in accordance with the Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA).

To achieve concerted efforts of all stakeholders in the port community in achieving seamless cargo movement, Comptroller Mohammed recently convened a forum where they jointly agreed to work together more harmoniously.
Key actors in the recently convened meeting included terminal operators, shipping companies, licensed customs agents, freight forwarders, haulage operators and others.

The robust interactions have resulted in a new resolve for enhanced cooperation aimed at developing their existing cooperation.

While commending newly promoted officers in the Command, Comptroller Mohammed admonished that they should see their elevations as renewed calls to more service. He urged them to continually justify the confidence reposed on them and advise them to see their new ranks as positions of higher responsibilities in the NCS and national interest.


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



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



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



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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