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Customs Evacuates Abandoned Overtime Cargo at Terminal

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Customs Evacuates Abandoned Overtime Cargo at Terminal

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has evacuated all overtime and abandoned containers from the biggest roll-on Roll-off terminal in Lagos, PTML Terminal.

Sources at the terminal told THISDAY that the overtime containers were inspected by Customs between the month of March and April 2020 when the Customs Committee on Overtime Cargoes visited the port.

The terminal operators had earlier in the year raised the alarm that not less than 2,000 cargoes were abandoned inside its facility as a result of the failed auction system of the Nigeria Customs Service.

The abandoned containers allegedly occupied about 30 per cent yard space inside the terminal, thereby disturbing utilisation of the terminal for commercial purposes.

Terminal Manager of PTML Terminals Lagos, Mr. Tunde Keshinro, confirmed to newsmen in Lagos that the overtime cargoes have been evacuated by the customs.

He said the containers have been transferred to Ikorodu government warehouse.

Keshinto said: “PTML already transferred overtime cargo to Ikorodu. Overtime Cargoes at PTML were examined by Customs during the months of March and April, 2020”
Also, a top management executive of Grimaldi Shipping, operators of PTML Terminal, Mr. Nitin Senan, also confirmed to newsmen that overtime cargo has been transferred to Ikorodu already.

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Also, a source at PTML Command of Nigeria Customs Service confirmed that the committee on overtime cargoes, “Came to PTML, they finished last month and went to Tin Can.

“The committee is headed by Comptroller of Overtime and Auction, they were sent from the headquarters, they have submitted their report back”

NCBN MEDIA gathered that the Customs Auction Committee had moved to the Tin Can Island Port where it already took stock of all abandoned and overtime containers within the four terminals inside the port.

A source close to the Public Relations Officer of the command, confirmed that the command has compiled the list of overtime cargoes at all the terminals for evacuation.

He said the containers would be evacuated by barges as the Customs Area Comptroller, Musa Baba Abdullahi has already secured approval from the Headquarters.

“Arrangement is beginning to get at advance stage for the evacuation of these overtime containers. What we are doing now is to get complete statistics for the four terminals here; and we have gotten a comprehensive list of all such categories of containers awaiting further directives.

“Part of what we have done as a command, which has also gotten provisional approval, is the issue of barge operations because road infrastructure remains a challenge for now even though we are beginning to see that government is doing something serious about the road” he said However, importers and clearing agents have appealed to the Nigeria Customs Service for a buy-back scheme of the overtime containers.

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2022: Customs Tincan Island Command Makes N574bn Revenue, N1.8bn Seizures; Facilitates $589m Export

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Author: Cynthia Idowu; Lagos

The Tincan Island Port Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has announced revenue collection of N574,290,210,599.38 from January to December 2022, indicating an increase of N80bn (16.33%) from the N493,682,369,264.35 collected in 2021.

In the area of export, the Command recorded a significant increase in the FOB of Exports in the period under review to the tune of $589,696,648 (N242,365,322,333.00) as against the $496,075,796 (141,985,109,159.00) recorded in the year 2021, which shows a decrease in Tonnage of Export from 1,723,986.8 in 2021 to 336,179.5 in 2022.

The Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Adekunle Oloyede made this known during a press briefing
on Friday at the Command Headquarters in Lagos.

He further disclosed that the increase in revenue was due to the modalities put in place such as the identification of areas of revenue leakages, blocking same, and leveraged on available facilities on the NICIS II Platform for enhanced Risk Management which further enhanced accelerated Customs Clearance Processes, Trade Facilitation and ensured collection of appropriate duties and taxes.

The Command made a total of 38 seizures including 763pkgs of cannabis Sativa weighing 345.1kg with a street value of N714,600,000, 2594 pieces of ammunition, and other prohibited items, with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N1,846,372,083.50.

A total of 60 suspects were detained during the period under review and were granted administrative bail while the Command has 8 cases pending in court.

The CAC acknowledged the prominent roles played by the Customs Intelligence Unit, Valuation Unit, Federal Operations Unit, CGC Strike Force, and Customs Police as well as interventions of Sister Regulatory Agencies like the NDLEA, NAFDAC, DSS, SON, the Nigeria Police, and others in ensuring the seizures and detentions were made.

Compt. Oloyede pointed out that the Command also ensured robust and continuous stakeholder engagements and collaboration with all sister government agencies and maritime associations, which led to timely intelligence sharing, utilization, and voluntary compliance with the government’s extant laws by the trading public.

“The Dispute Resolution Committee (DRC) which is a structure put in place by the Command for prompt resolution of Trade Disputes led to a reduction in average clearance time of such issue laden imports”.

Speaking further on the VIN valuation and automation of 846 procedure, he said: “The VIN Valuation has simplified and facilitated the Customs Clearance Process of imported vehicles by providing a uniform, fair and neutral value across the board on vehicles with identical brands, model and year of manufacture in line with the provisions of Article VII of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) of 1994.

“Regardless, the Command is poised to continue building on the Automation, Simplification, Standardization, and Harmonization of all Customs Processes in line with the Revised Kyoto Convention and international best practices”.

The CAC thanked the
Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Ibrahim Hameed Ali (rtd), and his management, officers and men of the Command, stakeholders, and the media for their support.

He also appreciated sister agencies involved in the export chain with special commendation to the Nigeria Port Authority (NPA) for their seamless collaboration in facilitating the clearance process of export-related cargo at the Tincan Island Port Command.

Compt. Oloyede’s 2023 projection for the Command includes an improved revenue profile, facilitation of legitimate trade, and enhanced capacity and skills of officers and men of the Command.

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Ag. ACG Yusuf Malanta Hands Over Apapa Command to Comptroller Auwal Mohammed

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Authorw: Lucy Ulugbe; Lagos.

Newly Promoted Acting, Assistant Comptroller General of Customs Yusuf Malanta has handed over the mantle of leadership of Apapa Command to Comptroller Auwal Mohammed.

Speaking at the handover ceremony which took place at the Command on Friday, the elated out-going Area Controller, Ag. ACG Yusuf Malanta encouraged officers at the Command to extend his successor, Comptroller Mohammed, the same level of support he received while heading the Command.

He described him as a dedicated officer who believes strongly in due process.

“We are now in the era of due process. I know Comptroller Auwal can do it better, he has a much more midas touch”

“I urge the stakeholders to continue to be compliant, the era of cutting corners should stop, go straight and you would be there earlier than you think. Trade can only be predicted when you are compliant” he added.

In response, the new Area Controller, Auwal Mohammed appreciated the outgoing CAC for inheriting a well-structured Command, while also noting that he is ready for the job and prepared to surpass the N1 Trillion revenue generated by the Command in 2022.

“I will make sure we continue to conduct 100% physical examination so that we can account for all cargoes in every container, by so doing, the revenue will be sustained, and when we make the port user-friendly, more volume of trade will come in, and more revenue will be collected and we will surpass the N1 Trillion already achieved”. He said.

As part of efforts to reward excellence, Acg. Malanta presented awards to deserving officers for excellent performance.

“The Service is rewarding those who have played a good role in ensuring that the Customs system is enhanced and compliance is strictly adhered to. However, the fact that your name isn’t called doesn’t mean that your work isn’t recognized. You should continue to blow your trumpets by yourself with exemplary conduct and professionalism”. He said.

One of the recipients of the awards was the public relations officer of the Command, Usman Abubakar.

The awards extended to excellent officers of sister agencies from the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

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Customs PTML Command Raises 2022 Revenue By 2.2%, Bids Farewell To Ag. ACG Suleiman Bomai

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Author: Cynthia Idowu; Lagos.

The Ports and Terminal Multiservice Limited (PTML) of the Nigeria Customs Service, Lagos which is known majorly for the clearance of non-containerized cargoes has revealed the scorecard of the Command for the year 2022.

Speaking with Journalists at the Conference room of the Command, the Customs Area Controller now Acting Assistant Comptroller General Suleiman Bomai said, despite the recorded downtime occasioned by Agents’ strike and
the inability of some Importers to clear their Vehicles, the Command witnessed an increase of 2.2% in revenue generation.

“In the year 2022, the Command generated total revenue of Two hundred and twenty-nine billion, four hundred and seventy-three million, nine hundred and twelve thousand, nine hundred and seventy- six naira, ninety-seven kobo (N229,473,912,976.97) only. This represents about Ninety-six percent of the revenue target of Two hundred and thirty-eight billion, two hundred and twenty-four million, nine hundred and twenty thousand, thirty-eight eighty-eight kobo (N238,224,920,038.88) only.”

“This shows an increase of Five billion, three million, seven hundred and ninety-nine thousand, two hundred and forty-three naira only. (N5,003,799,243.00) over the revenue for the year 2021 which was Two hundred and twenty-four billion, four hundred and seventy million, one hundred and thirteen thousand, seven hundred and thirty-three naira (N224,470,113,733.00) only.” Bomai reiterated.

On Export trade, the Acting ACG said that exported commodity goods such as Cocoa, Sesame seeds, Palm oil, and other food items had a total tonnage of about one hundred and seventy-eight thousand, five hundred and seventy-two point thirteen, (178,572.13) metric tons, with a total Free on Board (FOB) value of Two hundred and forty-nine million, four hundred and ninety thousand, six hundred and four point fifty-two (USD), ($249,419,604.52) only in the year 2022.

In anti-smuggling, the PTML Command made seizures which include a 1X40ft container containing three vehicles used to conceal two firearms, one used Ford Edge containing Fire Arm and thirty rounds of live cartridges, one used Toyota sienna containing firearm, and one used Toyota corolla containing ninety rounds of live ammunition. All with a duty paid value of Total duty paid value of Thirty-six million, three hundred and sixteen thousand, one hundred and fifty-five naira only (#36,316,155.00).

With the help of an efficient and accessible dispute resolution committee strengthened under Bomai’s watch, the trade facilitation of the PTML sustained its average four-hour clearance time of vehicles for compliant traders.

He thanked the CGC Col. Hameed Ali (rtd) for his enormous support for the Command, the strategic Partners which include; the Nigeria Police, NDLEA, NAFDAC, SON, etc, and the private sector players which are the strategic Stakeholders.

The Acting ACG who assumed office on the 26th of August, 2022 bade the Command farewell as he transferred the Staff of Office of the PTML Command to the incoming Area Controller, Comptroller Aliyu Mahmud Ibrahim.

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